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Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre a step closer

Wednesday 21 August 2019

The shire is a step closer to a preferred design for the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.

Eurobodalla Shire Councillors will consider on Tuesday 27 August recommendations which pave the way for the lodgement of a development application and completion of a detailed design for the complex.

Councillors and key stakeholders – the Mackay Park Sunset Advisory Committee, the president of the Batemans Bay Swim Club, and the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee – have already seen the preferred concept design.

With $51M in secured funding - $25M from the Commonwealth Government and $26M from the NSW Government – the combined aquatic centre and theatre and arts space at Mackay Park fulfils decades-long community wishes.

The aquatic centre consists of a heated eight-lane 25 metre pool, water-program, leisure and learn-to-swim pools, and waterslides, while the theatre is a flexible performance space with retractable seating for 350, with attached arts, performance and amenities rooms.

The preferred concept design is the result of extensive community engagement. Council was assisted by the Mackay Park Sunset Advisory Committee to formulate principles which resulted in three concept designs for the complex.

Feedback from the broader community, user groups and key stakeholders was then used by the design team NBRS Architecture to develop the preferred concept design.

Should Councillors vote to proceed, a development application will be lodged for determination by the NSW Government’s Southern Regional Planning Panel.

Detailed design will be finalised prior to a tender process for the construction of the centre.

Find more information, including the meeting agenda and concept designs, on our Council Meetings page.