Some 12 years ago the journey to have a Performing Arts centre crystalised and became the organisation called PerfEx. At its head has been Jeannie Brewer and her tireless work and dedication has been a great part of the success in moving closer to that goal for the Bay.
Above: “Passing the baton” (From left to right: Dr Sue Mackenzie, Henk Roubos, Jeannie Brewer, Lesley Sowell, Grace Paleg and Paul Dolphin
The PerfEx mission is: “To bring to completion the construction of a centre for the performing and visual arts, to meet the current and future needs of the Batemans Bay Community. There is no doubt that the persistent lobbying efforts of PerfEx in general and of Jeannie in particular have been instrumental in the proposed arts facility at the Mackay Park Precinct.
At the PerfEx AGM on May 25, Jeannie announced her retirement as president. Jeannie’s ongoing membership and support will continue and she looks forward to that celebratory glass at the opening of the Arts/Aquatic Centre in the future.
Sue Mackenzie, a long time PerfEx member and a well-known supporter of many arts related causes in the Batemans Bay Community, has taken over the presidency. Sue will also replace Jeannie as the PerfEx representative on the Mackay Park Precinct Sunset Committee.
Dave Harding and Noreen Ralston-Birchall also retired from the committee. Paul Dolphin, a local building designer, agreed to be Vice President and will be an invaluable addition to the committee and is second delegate on the Sunset Committee. Leslie Sowell, one of the original PerfEx members rejoined the committee. Greg Bowman is Treasurer, Henk Roubos is Secretary and prominent local artist Grace Paleg remain committee members.
The PerfEx committee will continue its commitment to work towards the best possible outcome for a Performing Arts and Exhibition space in Batemans Bay, along with all those in the community, especially Arts groups and the Aquatic Centre group, who are interested in the Centre as a lively and enriching facility for us all.