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Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre

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

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 has 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.

We aim to start construction in 2020 to have the centre open for summer 2022. The build is planned so Batemans Bay Pool will only be closed for one swimming season once work is underway.

In January and February 2019, we asked community members to tell us what they think about three different concept layouts for the centre. Feedback has been provided to the architects appointed to design the centre, who are currently working on a final design.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 27 August 2019, councillors considered a final concept and voted to progress the project to the Development Application phase. Read more in the meeting agenda and attachments.

Contact

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 and supporting documents.

Design concept

This final concept was considered by councillors at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 August 2019, where councillors voted to proceed to the next stage of the project.

Timeline

Timeline

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

Previous concepts

View the three concept layouts that were presented for community feedback in January and February 2019.

Background

Read all about the background information, including what happened when Council purchased the site in 2016.

Sunset committee

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

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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

Watch

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!