Project: a new aquatic, arts and leisure centre in Batemans Bay.
Timeframe: Construction began in September 2020 and the centre opened on 4 June 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: June 2022
June 2022: The Bay Pavilions is now open! Check out the Bay Pavilions website for the latest news, events and newsletter sign-up.
The Bay Pavilions provides 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 features:
- 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:
- On Saturday 4 June 2022 the centre officially opened to the public.
- On 26 April 2022 the Aligned Leisure team officially moved into the Bay Pavilions and started their testing and training processes with more than 80 staff before the facility opens to the public on Saturday 4 June 2022.
- Fit-out of the premises is well underway.
- The slide tower has been installed, complete with four slides: two slides lead to the outdoor splash park and two slides lead to the indoor pool hall.
- Water features of the indoor and outdoor splash pads are being installed.
- The pool hall is undergoing finishing works of tiling and concourse grinding.
- External landscaping works have commenced and include:
- installation of granite stone walls
- mass planting
- construction of the new western carpark.
- The gym is almost complete and is awaiting delivery of the gym equipment.
- Internal fit-out continues.
- Work inside the theatre is progressing with the installation of a sprung floor and tiered seating, and functional elements such as winches, track systems and hung supports.
- Council has appointed Aligned Leisure to manage the Bay Pavilions. Aligned Leisure will deliver all services, including pools, gym, theatre, gallery, meeting rooms and cafe. The company is currently recruiting and seeking expressions of interest for a range of other jobs at the centre.
- The Bay Pavilions website is now live with the latest news, employment opportunities and newsletter sign-up.
- Proposed fees and charges for the Bay Pavilions were on exhibition for community feedback for 28 days (ending 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.
- 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 February 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 Mathew Neason, Aquatic and Arts Contract Coordinator:
- T: 02 4474 1208
- E: Mathew Neason