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Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre a step closer

The next 'preferred design' for the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre will go before Eurobodalla Shire Councillors on Tuesday 27 August with recommendations that are hoped to pave the way for the lodgement of a development application and completion of a detailed design for the complex.

Councillors and key stakeholders – the Mackay Park Sunset Advisory Committee, the president of the Batemans Bay Swim Club, and the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee – have already seen the preferred concept design.

With $51M in secured funding - $25M from the Commonwealth Government and $26M from the NSW Government – the combined aquatic centre and theatre and arts space at Mackay Park is hoped to fulfil long standing community wishes.

The report to Council advises that the aquatic centre consists of a heated eight-lane 25 metre pool, water-program, leisure and learn-to-swim pools, and waterslides, while the theatre is a flexible performance space with retractable seating for 350, with attached arts, performance and amenities rooms.

The Council media release on the Concept D design to be considered says that "the preferred concept design is the result of extensive community engagement. Council was assisted by the Mackay Park Sunset Advisory Committee to formulate principles which resulted in three concept designs for the complex."

"Feedback from the broader community, user groups and key stakeholders was then used by the design team NBRS Architecture to develop the preferred concept design.

Should Councillors vote to proceed, a development application will be lodged for determination by the NSW Government’s Southern Regional Planning Panel.

Detailed design will be finalised prior to a tender process for the construction of the centre."

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