Geotechnical surveys at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay began this week to contribute to the final design of the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.
Batemans Bay residents and visitors might notice equipment on site for the next two weeks as locally-based Sea to Summit Drilling conducts borehole testing to ascertain ground conditions.
The testing is being overseen by the NSW Government’s Public Works Advisory, which has been appointed to help manage the design and construction of the new centre.
Mayor Liz Innes said Public Works Advisory collaborated with local councils and state agencies to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects.
“We’re pleased to have them on board for the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre,” Clr Innes said.
“This is a large, multi-layered project, and we will benefit from their depth of experience and established network of professionals from all fields.”
Meanwhile, Council is finalising tender documents for the centre’s design after inviting Expressions of Interest from architects in February. Four shortlisted architects are expected to be invited to submit tenders for the project in the second half of June.
“We’re powering ahead with the planning process to ensure we’re as ready as we can be to build when the funding outcome is known,” the Mayor said.
“We already have $26 million in the kitty thanks to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Bega MP Andrew Constance, and we’re keeping up the pressure on the federal government to come to the party as well.”
Council expects to make an announcement soon regarding Roads and Maritime Services’ interest in leasing the former Batemans Bay bowling club site during construction of the new Batemans Bay Bridge.
For more information on the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/mackaypark
Above: Jim Sheather and Andrew Burgess from Mogo-based Sea to Summit Drilling test ground conditions at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, to prepare for the design of the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.