This has been a long journey for our community who have been asking for these facilities for years. Here's a summary of activities and milestones that have taken place so far.
2021 project updates
- December 2020: Council reopened expressions of interest for the delivery of large-scale quality art for the new centre.
- September 2020:
- Council called for expressions of interest from professional artists residing in NSW or the ACT, experienced in delivering large-scale, quality art for the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
- Sod-turning ceremony marks the commencement of construction on the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
- August 2020: Council awards construction contract to ADCO Constructions.
- July 2020: Council endorses the selection of the preferred tenderer for construction works.
- April 2020: Southern Regional Planning Panel approves Development Application.
- March 2020: Council adopts a Fee for Service model to manage the operations of the new centre.
- February 2020: Council approves the project to release the tender for construction works (subject to Development Application approval).
- December 2019: Expression of interest for construction work - shortlist approved.
- October 2019:
- Expression of interest for construction works released.
- Development Application submitted.
- August 2019: Councillors consider final concept design and vote to proceed to the Development Application stage.
- May 2019: The architects appointed to design the centre have begun work on a final design after the community provided feedback on three concept layouts.
- 30 April 2019: All of the survey results from the consultation undertaken in January/February 2019 were collated and a final report was presented Council.
- 1 April 2019: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis announced $25 million funding for the new centre from the Australian Government's Regional Growth Fund.
- February 2019 to March 2019: Council enters into formal agreements to confirm grant funding [$26 million from the NSW Government ($18 million from the Regional Communities Development Fund and $8 million from the Regional Cultural Fund), and $25 million from the Commonwealth Government (Regional Growth Fund)].
- January 2019 to February 2019: Council hosts drop-in kiosks and an online questionnaire to seek community feedback on three concept design options:
- December 2018: NBRS Architecture provides three design concepts with different layouts for Council and community feedback.
- 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.
- September 2018:
- Council appoints Sydney-based NBRS Architecture to design the new centre.
- Seventh Sunset Committee meeting.
- 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.
- 22 May 2018: Geotechnical surveys at Mackay Park begin.
- 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.
- 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.
- February/March 2018: Council advertises for Expressions of Interest from architects interested in designing the centre.
- February 2018:
- Council holds information kiosks in Batemans Bay to update the community.
- Sixth Sunset Committee meeting.
- January 2018: Council appoints specialist to prepare tender documents for design of Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
- December 2017:
- Council is notified it was successful in reaching Stage 2 of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund.
- Council submits grant application to Australian Government.
- Fifth Sunset Committee meeting – discussed next steps for design of aquatic and arts facility.
- Council resolves to extend the tenure of the Sunset Committee to 31 December 2018.
- September 2017: Grant application submitted to NSW Government.
- 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.
- Fourth Sunset Committee meeting – draft business cases and concept plans for two options presented by Otium Planning Group.
- 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.
- May 2017:
- Council endorses a contract variation for Otium Planning Group to include a second concept plan option.
- Third Sunset Committee meeting – preliminary draft concept plan presented by Otium Planning Group.
- April 2017: Otium Planning group prepares preliminary draft concept plan.
- March 2017: Second Sunset Committee meeting – preliminary analysis presented by Otium Planning Group.
- January – February 2017: Otium Planning Group discussions with Sunset Committee members.
- January 2017: Council engages Otium Planning Group to prepare concept plan and business case.
- December 2016: Council calls for quotations for preparation of concept plan and business case.
- November 2016:
- Council resolves to proceed with preparation of concept plan and business case for the precinct.
- First Sunset Committee meeting.
- October 2016: Sunset Committee appointed.
- August 2016:
- Council calls for submissions for the interim short term use of the building and site.
- Council calls for expressions of interest to establish a Sunset Committee.
- July 2016: Council hosted an open day for community groups to inspect the site.
- May – June 2016: Initial community consultation to enable the community to share ideas on the future use of the site.
- April 2016: Council purchases former Batemans Bay bowling club site.