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Batemans Bay Mini Golf in limbo

The future of the Batemans Bay Mini Golf facility is in the lap of the gods now that Council is "moving forward" with its new Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre (Centre) on the southern end of the Mackay Park precinct in Batemans Bay. The Batemans Bay Mini Golf (Mini Golf) is in the footprint of the proposed Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre. At their last meeting Eurobodalla Councillors were presented with a report that sought their permission for Council to acquire the lease of the Mini Golf facility by agreement however the report included acquisition by compulsory process if a negotiated outcome can not be achieved. Mini Golf has a lease from Council as Crown Land manager that commenced on 1 July 2012 and is due to expire on 30 June 2022. The current site of the Mini Golf is in the footprint of the proposed Aquatic Centre. Council Staff have advised that they will approach these discussions with sensitivity saying in their report "Because Mini Golf is an important local tourism attraction, the discussions have also included consideration of the possibility of an alternative site for the Mini Golf being feasible at Mackay Park, whether alternative Council sites might be available and the assistance through the development application process that Council could provide if the operator found an alternative site on private land." "All attempts will be made to agree on a negotiated outcome but it may become necessary to acquire the lease by compulsory acquisition. There are lengthy timescales and strictly regulated steps in such a process." In accordance with the provisions of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, Council will be responsible for all reasonable costs associated with the acquisition including survey and legal fees. The acquisition cost will be determined in accordance with a valuation by a registered valuer and other experts as required. This cost will form part of the Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre project budget. Following a brief Confidential session Councillors returned to adopt that Council negotiates with the operator of the Batemans Bay Mini Golf to acquire its lease.

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