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.
Budget: $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.
Construction cost: $58,082,810 including GST. Cost to Council: $52,802,554 (excludes GST).
Funding: Council has secured $51 million in grants from the NSW and Australian governments. To fund the difference, Council will use $4 million of loan funds, s94 developer contributions and some cash reserves from the infrastructure renewal, real estate disposal, and crown reserves funds, as well as some proceeds from the sale of Moruya Racecourse and Southern Phone. There are no land ro asset sales proposed to fund construction of the facility.
Timeframe: We aim to start construction in September 2020, opening the centre in early 2022.
Last updated: September 2020
Latest news, September 2020:
We are calling for expressions of interest from professional artists residing in NSW or the ACT, experienced in delivering large-scale, quality art for the comission of artwork to be installed close to the theatre entrance, and near the main entrance to new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
- Expressions of interest close Friday 27 November 2020, 4pm.
- Read the artist brief and express your interest.
Council is planning a regional aquatic, arts and leisure centre at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay. This exciting project will deliver a range of modern facilities for the Batemans Bay and Eurobodalla communities.
The project will begin with demolition of the existing Batemans Bay pool, and the facility is expected to be complete early in 2022.
The centre will replace the existing 50-metre outdoor pool with:
- 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.
Take a tour
Experience the look and feel of the new facility with this video simulation of the final concept. Some of the specific details – such as furniture and trees – are constrained by software, and may look different in the finished facility. We hope you enjoy this virtual tour.
Background and timeline
On 29 August 2017, Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to consider a draft business case and concept plans for two options for redevelopment of the Batemans Bay Mackay Park Precinct for a Regional Aquatic Centre and Arts and Cultural Facility. Council endorsed concept plan option one and commenced a detailed design stage.
- Business case (7 MB)
- Concept plan: option 1 - adopted (1.2 MB)
- Concept plan: option 2 (1.5 MB)
- Report to Council: 29 August 2017 (2.5 MB)
- Extraordinary Council Meeting Minutes: 29 August 2017 (394 KB)
Council applied for funding to develop the indoor year-round aquatic centre, which would replace the existing 50-metre outdoor pool with multiple, purpose-built aquatic spaces, and an arts centre.
In collaboration with the Mackay Park Sunset Committee, Council developed a set of design principles to guide the detailed design process.
What's happened so far
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:
- September 2020: Council calls 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.
- September 2020: Sod-turning ceremony marks the commencement of construction on the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Lesure Centre:
- Read more in our 25 September 2020 media release.
- August 2020: Council awards construction contract to ADCO Constructions.
- Read more in our 17 August 2020 media release.
- July 2020: Council endorses the selection of the preferred tenderer for construction works:
- Read more in the 28 July 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting minutes.
- 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:
- Read more in the 10 March 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting minutes
- February 2020: Council approves the project to release the tender for construction works (subject to Development Application approval):
- Read more in the 25 February 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting minutes.
- December 2019: Expression of interest for construction work - shortlist approved:
- Read more in the 10 December 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting minutes
- October 2019: Expression of interest for construction works released.
- October 2019: Development Application submitted.
- August 2019: Councillors consider final concept design and vote to proceed to the Development Application stage:
- Read more in the 27 August 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes
- 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.
- September 2018: 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.
- February 2018: 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 submits grant application to Australian Government.
- December 2017: Council resolves to extend the tenure of the Sunset Committee to 31 December 2018.
- Read more in the 12 December 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes.
- December 2017: Council notified it was successful in reaching Stage 2 of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund.
- December 2017: Fifth Sunset Committee meeting – discussed next steps for design of aquatic and arts facility.
- 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.
- Read more in the 29 August 2017 Extraordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes.
- August 2017: 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.
- Read more in the 13 June 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes.
- May 2017: Council endorses a contract variation for Otium Planning Group to include a second concept plan option.
- May 2017: 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.
- Draft Eurobodalla Shire Council Aquatic Strategy (Otium Planning Group - 15 February 2017) (1.7 MB)
- Batemans Bay Mackay Park Precinct Assessment of Preferred Arts and Cultural Facilities (Otium Planning Group - February 2017) (720 KB)
- 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
- Read more in the 22 November 2016 Ordinary Council Meeting agenda and minutes.
- November 2016: 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.
- August 2016: 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.
For more information, please contact Lindsay Usher, Director Planning and Sustainability Services:
- T: 02 4474 1304
- E: Lindsay Usher