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Mayor preempts survey results and declares what shall be at Mackay Park


In a surprising Mayoral media release Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes appears to have already forecast the outcome of the hundreds of community survey returns made to the three Mackay Park concept plans by stating today in no uncertain terms. “We intend to deliver a centre with a 25 metre, 10 lane indoor pool, a warm water therapy pool, learn to swim pool, water slides and a splash pad for the kids. There’ll (There will) be a café and fitness areas, and on the arts side, we’ll (we will) have a 350-seat theatre, dance and rehearsal studios and community meeting rooms to complete the centre. The survey only closed on Sunday the 17th of February so the definative terms used in the statement above will come as a surprise to the community and to most of her fellow councillors. To the approval of those seeking a 50m pool the Mayor states “The final design will demonstrate scope for a 50 metre pool in the future if there is need. I have promised the community that and I will deliver." The full media release is as follows: We can get on and go for it: Mayor

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says she is delighted to have bi-partisan support for Batemans Bay’s proposed aquatic, arts and leisure centre.

Labor Gilmore candidate Fiona Phillips on Friday pledged $25 million towards the centre if a Labor Federal government is elected.

Mayor Innes said Labor’s announcement gives her absolute confidence about the project’s future.

“We can get on and go for it,” she said.

“Ms Phillips is right, we have to get this project moving and I’m thrilled to know we have her personal backing and that of her party.”

“Like me, Ms Phillips understands that Batemans Bay residents deserve quality, modern facilities.

“We intend to deliver a centre with a 25 metre, 10 lane indoor pool, a warm water therapy pool, learn to swim pool, water slides and a splash pad for the kids. There’ll be a café and fitness areas, and on the arts side, we’ll have a 350-seat theatre, dance and rehearsal studios and community meeting rooms to complete the centre.

“The final design will demonstrate scope for a 50 metre pool in the future if there is need. I have promised the community that and I will deliver.

“We took the time to brief Ms Phillips about our plans and the business case last year, and that clearly paid off,” Clr Innes said.

Council has secured $26 million in NSW Government funding towards the project. The Australian Government has assigned $25 million to the project, pending review of the business case.

Council’s survey on three preliminary concepts for the new centre closed on Sunday 17 February following a six-week community engagement.

The final design, expected to be a hybrid of the three, will be presented to Councillors for their consideration later this year. Once approved, Council will go out to tender for construction of the centre.

For more information or to view the concepts visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/mackaypark


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