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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.

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.

Project details

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.

Work will start in September 2020 after Eurobodalla Council awarded a construction contract to ADCO Constructions. Watch ADCO’s video simulation of the construction process on our YouTube channel.

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, cafĂ©, visitor information service, administration offices, plant and support services.
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Frequently asked questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the project: what, where, when, how, and why.

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Community engagement

Find out how we have involved the community and the Mackay Park Sunset Committee to get feedback from community members, user groups, and other stakeholders at the different stages of the project.

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.

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:

2020

2019

  • December 2019: Expression of interest for construction work - shortlist approved:
  • 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:
  • 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:

2018

  • 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.

2017

2016

  • 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
  • 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.

Contact us

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