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Council is planning to develop a Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay.

This exciting project will deliver a range of modern facilities for the Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla communities.

In August 2017 Council endorsed a concept plan (see below for details) and has now commenced the detailed design stage. In collaboration with the Mackay Park Sunset Committee, Council has developed a set of design principles to guide the detailed design process. The design principles address a range of matters, including the following:

  • high quality visual presentation to public spaces
  • equal prominence of aquatic and arts components
  • safe and comfortable spaces for people to meet
  • access for people of all abilities
  • flexible arrangement of rooms for multi-purpose use
  • opportunity for staged construction and potential expansion in the future
  • management of acoustic and odour issues
  • use of technologies
  • sustainability
  • affordability.

In March 2018, the NSW Government announced $26 million towards the project. In October 2018, the Australian Government assigned $25M to the project, and invited Council to submit a full business case to the Regional Growth Fund for assessment. We aim to start construction early in 2020.

Concept layouts

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

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.

Concept Plan and Business Case

On 29 August 2017, Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to consider a draft business case and concept plans for two options for redevelopment of the Batemans Bay Mackay Park Precinct for a Regional Aquatic Centre and Arts and Cultural Facility. Council resolved to endorse option one, being the development of a Regional Aquatic Arts and Leisure Centre and gateway visitor ventre, on the southern part of the precinct for the purpose of seeking grant funding to construct the facility.

The concept plan includes:

A regional aquatic program and leisure centre with facilities for all ages and for locals and visitors:

  • 25m by 10-lane indoor heated pool
  • 17m by 10m warm water program pool for a wide range of aqua therapy and fitness classes, with spa and access ramps
  • Toddlers and leisure pool with suitable depth for learn to swim classes
  • A water play splash pad with interactive water features
  • Tower and waterslides
  • Gymnasium, fitness program rooms and wellness area

Purpose-built arts, cultural and community facilities:

  • Main auditorium with retractable seating for 500 people that can be used for exhibitions, rehearsals and performances
  • Wet and dry arts workspaces
  • Soundproofed rehearsal/dance studio
  • Music/recording studio
  • Large and small meeting rooms
  • Kitchen and storage facilities

Tourism, food and retail

  • Shared front entrance and foyer
  • Gateway Visitor Centre
  • CafĂ© and retail space
  • Gallery and theatrette