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Sunset committee

In 2016, Council established the Batemans Bay Mackay Park Precinct Sunset Committee so that community representatives could be involved in helping us plan the project and oversee the community engagement.

The committee has included representatives from community groups including Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre, Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce, PerFex, Batemans Bay U3A, and South Coast Pastel Society.

Sunset Committee members and organisations represented are as follows:

  • Sue Mackenzie - PerFex
  • Ross Thomas - Batemans Bay U3A
  • Lyn Woolridge - South Coast Pastel Society
  • Carolyn Harding - Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre
  • Jason Funnell - business/community representative
  • Brad Rossiter - community representative
  • Alan Russell - community representative
  • Mathew Hatcher - community representative
  • Vacant - Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce representative
  • Clr Liz Innes - Eurobodalla Shire Councillor
  • Clr Rob Pollock - Eurobodalla Shire Councillor
  • Clr Anthony Mayne - Eurobodalla Shire Councillor
  • Dr Catherine Dale - Eurobodalla Shire Council, General Manager
  • Lindsay Usher - Eurobodalla Shire Council, Director of Planning and Sustainability Services

The Sunset Committee held its first meeting on 2 November 2016.


Community engagement

Council has consulted with the community over many years on a range of projects related to aquatic, arts and cultural facilities. Soon after purchasing the bowling club site in 2016 we asked the community for ideas about its future uses.

Later in 2016, Council established the project Sunset Committee, and has met with many individuals and groups about the proposed concept.

We held two community information sessions in August 2017 and information kiosks in Batemans Bay in February 2018.

Following the appointment of NBRS Architecture, user groups of the Mackay Park facility were invited to participate in focus groups with the architects in late October 2018. More than 90 groups were involved, including swimming clubs, arts groups, schools, health, business and disability sectors. We have also talked to travelling arts and theatre providers to determine their needs.

In mid-December 2018, the project architects prepared three concepts for community and Council feedback.

In January and February 2019, we asked for community feedback on the three different concepts prepared by the project architects. These three concepts include the same elements, arranged in different layouts.

We asked people to give their feedback via online or written questionnaires, in writing, or in person at information kiosks we hosted in Batemans Bay in January and February 2019.

We were interested in what people do and don’t like about each concept’s layout, and how they would use the Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre. Feedback on these concept layouts will be provided to the project architects to consider in a final design. Councillors will approve a final design later this year, and construction will start early in 2020.