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Batemans Bay Waterfront Master Plan and Activation Strategy

Start: Late 2019

Expected completion: Early 2020

Last updated: July 2020

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July 2020

  • A draft Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy was on public exhibition until Tuesday 28 July 2020. Council is considering all submissions received. Council will decide whether to adopt the draft Plan or make further changes at a future Council meeting.

February 2020

  • On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November we invited community members to meet with us on the Batemans Bay waterfront to talk about ideas and emerging concepts. We had some great conversations and received lots of ideas and comments from those who attended.

Details

The draft Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy includes actions for:

  • youth central – a unique youth activity space with multiple play opportunities in a colourful setting by the water.
  • pedestrian wayfinding and interpretation that improves accessibility and enables Batemans Bay to stand out as a destination.
  • waterfront square providing an open vista through to the estuary, an interactive installation to draw families, improved access to the water and quality street furniture.
  • waterfront activation through innovative product displays, experiential retail, alfresco dining, busking and entertainment, parklets and spontaneous activity in collaboration with businesses.
  • a people and activity focussed Clyde Street delivered through changed road pavement, improved parking alignments, removal of barriers, additional seating, shade and open green spaces to support spontaneous and planned activities.
  • a connected waterfront with a widened pathway, upgraded lighting, improved landscaping and accessibility to water
  • marine infrastructure to support the growth of marine based tourism including cruises, kayaks, sea planes, recreational boaters and diving and fishing charter operations.
  • review policies and processes to make activation easier and encourage more people to do business and live in Batemans Bay.

Implementing an adopted masterplan and activation strategy would result in Batemans Bay becoming one of the best places on the NSW coast to live, visit, work and play- a safe place that the community can come together along a well-maintained, strategically planned and vibrant foreshore. While businesses are struggling as we recover from the economic and social impacts of bushfires and COVID-19, this draft Plan provides vision and direction for how to best service the community, attract new and support existing businesses, and provide more attractions and activities for visitors.

Council has engaged specialist tourism planning and urban design consultants, Inspiring Place and Complete Streets, to identify opportunities to activate the Batemans Bay Waterfront. They prepared the draft Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy to outline ways to strengthen the Batemans Bay waterfront as a key destination and experience for Eurobodalla.

The project is an outcome of several State and Council strategic documents which identify the need to reinforce Batemans Bay as a key regional centre and marine tourism hub. It will build on the opportunities already provided by State Government investment and direction in the Batemans Bay area (such as the replacement of the Batemans Bay Bridge). The State Government recognises Batemans Bay as a tourism hub complemented by the Batemans Marine Park and is investing in opportunities to further activate the waterfront.

More information

For more information about the Batemans Bay Master Plan and Activation Strategy, please contact Angie Radford Strategic Planning Officer (Environment):

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Community engagement

Council promises to listen to the community’s feedback and ideas, and address concerns that community members raise.

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Background

Find out how the State Government is investing in Batemans Bay and providing opportunities for activation of the waterfront. Feedback during consultation for other State and Council projects, and the results of previous studies and strategies are being considered as part of the Batemans Bay Masterplan and Activation Strategy project.