Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre
Council is planning a new Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre on the southern end of the Mackay Park site in Batemans Bay.
To apply for grants from the NSW and Australian governments to build the centre, Council developed a preliminary concept and business case for a $46 million development that is both affordable and meet the needs of Eurobodalla’s diverse community.
Council has applied for funding to develop an indoor year round aquatic centre which would replace the existing 50-metre outdoor pool with multiple, purpose-built aquatic spaces, and an arts centre. The preliminary concept and business case includes:
- an aquatic centre with a 25-metre, ten-lane pool with ramp access, separate 10m warm-water therapy pool and spa, freeform indoor leisure pool that includes learn-to-swim and toddler areas, water-play splash pad, waterslides, gym, group fitness and wellness area, and amenities.
- an arts and cultural centre with a large flexible, flat floor auditorium with retractable seating for up to 500 people, dressing rooms, green room and storage, gallery/exhibition space and storage, rehearsal/ dance studio/ music room, ‘wet’ arts workshop space and storage (for pottery, painting, etc), ‘dry’ arts workshop space and storage (for drawing, textiles, etc), meeting and multi-purpose rooms and amenities.
- shared facilities including a foyer, café, visitor information service and associated retail (relocated from existing Visitor Info Centre and Community Centre), administration offices, and plant and support services.
We aim to start construction early in 2020 to have the centre open for summer 2021. The build is planned so Batemans Bay Pool will only be closed for one swimming season once work is underway.
- On 1 April 2019 Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis announced $25 million funding for the new centre from the Australian Government's Regional Growth Fund. The announcement follows the $26 million allocated by the NSW Government for the project in March 2018.
- The architects appointed to design the centre have begun work on a final design after the community provided feedback on three concept layouts in January and February.
In January and February 2019, we asked community members to tell us what they think about three different concept layouts for the centre. Feedback will be provided to the project architects to consider when preparing a final design, which is likely to be a hybrid of the three concept layouts.
For more information, please contact Lindsay Usher, Director Planning and Sustainability Services:
- T: 02 4474 1304
- E: Lindsay Usher
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