Project: a new aquatic, arts and leisure centre in Batemans Bay.
Timeframe: Construction began in September 2020 and the centre is due to open in the first half of 2022.
Cost and funding:
- Council has secured $51 million in grants from the NSW and Australian governments.
- The total budget is $69 million. This covers all costs, including project management, design, environmental assessment and related studies, legal and professional services, fees and charges, furniture fittings and equipment, construction costs and a contingency of $6 million.
- The construction cost is $58,082,810 including GST (cost to Council: $52,802,554 excluding GST).
Last updated: September 2021
August 2021: Council has appointed Aligned Leisure to manage the Bay Pavilions. Proposed fees and charges for the new facility are on public exhibition for community feedback until Wednesday 22 September.
- Aligned Leisure will deliver all services, including pools, gym, theatre, gallery, meeting rooms and cafe. The company has committed to employing a strong local workforce and is currently recruiting for an Arts and Leisure Manager.
- Community members can review and make a submission on the proposed fees and charges until Wednesday 22 September 2021. The fees and charges have been applied to the latest business model for the Bay Pavilions which forecasts revenue, costs and patronage over the next 10 years.
- The next milestone for Bay Pavilions is installing the waterslides.
- Once ADCO completes construction, there’s a hand-over to Aligned Leisure for six weeks of fit-out and staff training before the facility can open to the public.
The Bay Pavilions aquatic, arts and leisure centre will deliver a range of modern facilities for Batemans Bay and the wider Eurobodalla community.
Work began in September 2020 after Council awarded the construction contract to ADCO Constructions. You can watch videos of the construction progress and take a virtual tour of the centre on our YouTube channel.
The centre will feature:
- an indoor aquatic centre with a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp access, separate 10-metre warm water pool, freeform indoor leisure pool that includes learn-to-swim and toddler areas, water play splash pads, waterslides, gym, group fitness and wellness area
- an arts and cultural centre with large flexible, flat floor auditorium with retractable seating for 350 people, dressing rooms, green room and storage, gallery/exhibition space and storage, rehearsal/dance studio/music room, wet arts workshop space and storage, dry arts workshop space and storage, meeting and multi-purpose rooms
- shared facilities including a foyer, café, visitor information service, administration offices, plant and support services.
Read more about the centre and its layout:
- Proposed fees and charges for the Bay Pavilions are on exhibition for community feedback for 28 days until Wednesday 22 September 2021. The fees and charges have been fed into the latest business modelling, which forecasts revenue, costs and patronage over the next 10 years.
- Council has appointed Aligned Leisure to manage the Bay Pavilions; delivering all services, including pools, gym, theatre, gallery, meeting rooms and cafe.
- Read more in our August 2021 media release.
- Custom-made glulam beams were installed over the aquatic complex, and the theatre is now being built. It is the taller part of the complex and once it is complete, the public will be able to see a stronger impression of the overall structure of the facility.
- COVID-19 restrictions in NSW and ACT have hampered access to trades and materials on top of world-wide shipping delays. Builders have worked around these hold-ups and earlier wet weather, and we are approximately six weeks behind our original finish date. The facility is scheduled to open to the public in the first half of 2022.
- We invited community members to tell us their ideas for the names of three centre facilities via an online survey and at a pop-up shop at Batemans Bay's Village Centre. The pop-up shop also offered an opportunity to view the brand and marketing concepts.
- Read more in our April 2021 media release.
- At it's meeting on 25 May 2021, Council adopted the name 'Bay Pavilions' for the centre and the names of the Yuin Theatre, Clyde Gallery and Garungadj water slides.
- Council engaged brand design specialist, CITIZEN, to work with us on the new centre's branding and naming.
- Read more in our January 2021 media release.
- In Februrary we held a series of community stakeholder workshops about the branding and naming of the new centre. CITIZEN incorporated feedback gained from these sessions to develop the centre's brand and marketing approach.
- Read more in our February 2021 media release.
- Read background information and what's happened so far on our project timeline.
- Find answers to frequently asked questions about the project.
- Learn about how Council has engaged the community throughout the project.
- Visit our YouTube channel to watch progress and time-lapse videos throughout the Bay Pavilions build, like this drone footage of the timber beam installation in July:
For more information, please contact Lindsay Usher, Director Planning and Sustainability Services:
- T: 02 4474 1304
- E: Lindsay Usher