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Feds assign $25M for Mackay Park project


“Beyond exciting” is Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes’ response to news the Federal Government has assigned $25 million to the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre in Batemans Bay.

“It’s not in the bank yet, we’ve still got a step to go, but this is more than promising,” Clr Innes said.

Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis announced the funding today under the Australia Government’s Regional Growth Fund. It comes on top of $26 million announced for the project by Bega MP Andrew in March this year.

Ms Sudmalis said she was proud to announce her government had assigned $25 million in funding to the centre, and had worked with Minister for Regional Development and Council to prove there was community support to deliver the centre.

Clr Innes thanked Ms Sudmalis, saying the funding announcement is a clear indication the government supports the project and the Eurobodalla community.

“We understand more than 300 applications were received, so we’re absolutely thrilled, relieved, and more determined than ever to get this centre built for our community.

“I’m certain Council’s strong and affordable business case that focuses on meeting the broadest community needs and our commitment to the project have impressed the Federal government. They can see us charging ahead. We’ve appointed architects and they’re meeting with our local user groups next week so their needs can be considered in the design process. Things are moving.

“Special congratulations to all the wonderful community groups that have been involved, particularly to Perfex and the Batemans Bay Indoor Aquatic Centre committee.”

“We’ve backed ourselves and our community and this result is just fantastic. I’ll say it again, we’ve never been closer to achieving the modern community facility our residents deserve.”

If all goes to plan, the community could be swimming Batemans Bay’s new indoor aquatic centre or enjoying a show in its state-of-the-art theatre in less than three years. Editors Note: the quoted text that was here attributed to Councillor Mayne was NOT what he said nor did it express the fact that he had only offered his own personal opinion rather than the opinion of a councillor and that he made his personal opinion on the announcement "off the record" and not for distribution Key community groups have selectively invited to have input to the draft concept plans now being developed . A member of the Save the 50m pool said of the announcement “It is encumbered on all Councillors & the 100 invitees to the Forums to see that our $51 million windfall gift is spent wisely “


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