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What has already happened?

2016

  • April 2016: Council purchases former Batemans Bay bowling club site.
  • May – June 2016: Initial community consultation to enable the community to share ideas on the future use of the site.
  • July 2016: Council hosted an open day for community groups to inspect the site.
  • August 2016: Council calls for expressions of interest to establish a Sunset Committee.
  • August 2016: Council calls for submissions for the interim short term use of the building and site.
  • October 2016: Sunset Committee appointed.
  • November 2016: First Sunset Committee meeting.
  • November 2016: Council resolves to proceed with preparation of concept plan and business case for the precinct.
  • December 2016: Council calls for quotations for preparation of concept plan and business case.

2017

  • January 2017: Otium Planning Group contracted to prepare concept plan and business case.
  • January – February 2017: Otium Planning Group discussions with Sunset Committee members.
  • March 2017: Second Sunset Committee meeting – preliminary analysis presented by Otium Planning Group.
  • April 2017: Otium Planning group prepares preliminary draft concept plan.
  • May 2017: Third Sunset Committee meeting – preliminary draft concept plan presented by Otium Planning Group.
  • May 2017: Council endorses a contract variation for Otium Planning Group to include a second concept plan option.
  • June 2017: Council considers a report providing information on the interim short term use of the former Bowling Club building and site. No final decision made.
  • August 2017: Fourth Sunset Committee meeting – draft business cases and concept plans for two options presented by Otium Planning Group.
  • August 2017: Council considers a report on the draft business case and concept plans options and resolved to proceed with option 1 for the purpose of seeking grant funding.
  • September 2017: Grant application submitted to NSW Government.
  • December 2017: Fifth Sunset Committee meeting – discussed next steps for design of aquatic and arts facility.
  • December 2017: Council notified it was successful in reaching Stage 2 of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund.
  • December 2017: Council resolves to extend the tenure of the Sunset Committee to 31 December 2018.
  • December 2017: Council submits grant application to Australian Government.
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2018

  • January 2018: Council appoints specialist to prepare tender documents for design of Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
  • February 2018: Sixth Sunset Committee meeting.
  • February 2018: Council holds information kiosks in Batemans Bay to update the community.
  • February/March 2018: Council advertises for Expressions of Interest from architects interested in designing the centre.
  • 26 March 2018: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Bega MP Andrew Constance announce $26 million towards the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at a community reception in Batemans Bay.
  • 27 March 2018: Eurobodalla councillors reaffirm their commitment to the concept design of the new Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay.
  • 22 May 2018: Geotechnical surveys at Mackay Park begin.
  • July 2018: Council leases the former Batemans Bay bowling club site to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for its use during construction of the new Batemans Bay bridge. The lease is for a three-year term with a one-year extension option.
  • September 2018: Seventh Sunset Committee meeting.
  • September 2018: Council appoints Sydney-based NBRS Architecture to design the new centre.
  • October 2018: The Federal Government assigns $25M to the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre and invites Council to submit the full Business Case to the Regional Growth Fund.
  • December 2018: NBRS Architecture provides three design concepts with different layouts for Council and community feedback.

2019

  • January – February 2019: Council seeks community feedback on three different layouts through information kiosks in Batemans Bay, and an online questionnaire.
  • April 2019: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis announced $25 million funding for the new centre from the Australian Government's Regional Growth Fund.