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Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre

Project: a new Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre on the southern end of the Mackay Park site in Batemans Bay.

Last updated: April 2020

About the project

To apply for grants from the NSW and Australian governments to build the centre, Council developed a preliminary concept and business case for a $46 million development that is both affordable and meet the needs of Eurobodalla’s diverse community.

Council applied for funding to develop an indoor year-round aquatic centre which would replace the existing 50-metre outdoor pool with multiple, purpose-built aquatic spaces, and an arts centre. The preliminary concept and business case includes:

  • an aquatic centre with a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp access, separate 10m warm-water therapy pool and spa, freeform indoor leisure pool that includes learn-to-swim and toddler areas, water-play splash pad, waterslides, gym, group fitness and wellness area, and amenities
  • an arts and cultural centre with a large flexible, flat floor auditorium with retractable seating for up to 500 people, dressing rooms, green room and storage, gallery/exhibition space and storage, rehearsal/ dance studio/ music room, ‘wet’ arts workshop space and storage (for pottery, painting, etc), ‘dry’ arts workshop space and storage (for drawing, textiles, etc), meeting and multi-purpose rooms and amenities
  • shared facilities including a foyer, cafĂ©, visitor information service and associated retail (relocated from existing Visitor Info Centre and Community Centre), administration offices, and plant and support services.

Concept endorsed

  • At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 August 2019, councillors considered a final concept and voted to progress the project to the Development Application phase.
  • We aim to start construction in mid 2020, opening the centre in early 2022.
  • Read more in the 27 August 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes.

Development Application approved

  • Following on from Council approval for the project to proceed to a Development Application (DA), a DA was lodged with Council in October 2019. Due to the value of the project being in excess of $30m, it was deemed to be 'regionally significant' and therefore would require determination by the Southern Regional Planning Panel.
  • On 23 April 2020, the Southern Regional Planning Panel approved the Development Application (the three-member panel decision was unanimous).
  • This now clears the way for the construction tender to be released. It is planned to be released in late April/early May 2020.
  • Read more in our 24 April 2020 media release.

Read the final determination


For more information, please contact Lindsay Usher, Director Planning and Sustainability Services:

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Project details

The preliminary concept, business case, Council reports, supporting documents and design concept.

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Community engagement

How we are involving the community, and the Mackay Park Sunset Committee at different stages throughout the project.

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A list of activities and milestones since Council purchased the site in April 2016 to date.

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Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions:
what, where, when, how, and why.


This video simulation of the final concept provides insight into the look and feel for the new facility.

The visual details presented – layout of furniture and equipment for example – are constrained by software, with detailed design now underway in preparation for submission of a development application.

We're excited to share this virtual tour, enjoy!