The Mackay Park Sunset Committee Members are offering very mixed reactions to the revelation that Eurobodalla Councillors are to be asked to adopt a recommendation by Council staff at next week's Council meeting that will see Council "Moving Forward" to demolish the Batemans Bay 50m pool, remove the Mini Golf and turn the first sod of the now highly controversial Mackay Pork complex (as it has now become known as after revelations of its association with Federal and State Grant rorts).
The Mayor, Liz Innes, has written to all the Mackay Park Sunset Committee Members saying "the last update that I sent to you was after the Development Application for the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre (BBRAALC) project was approved by the Southern Regional Planning Panel. "Since then the construction tender has been released to the shortlisted construction companies. The responses have been assessed and a report is going to Council next Tuesday 28 July 2020 for Council to make a decision on the appointment of a contractor to construct the facility.
"This brings the reality of our fantastic new centre one step closer. The other important issue to re-assure you all on is the layout of the centre remains unchanged since the DA was approved. Should the tender recommendation be approved by Council the next keys steps are:
Finalisation of a contract with the preferred builder
Demolition of the pool/mini-golf should start in late August.
All going well, and based on updated project schedules, we are looking to have the new facility open to the public in early 2022.
The Mayor told the Members in her letter received today "I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see this project progress to this stage. This next step moves this project from the lengthy planning stage into the building stage. This allows all of us to see something tangible after such a long process.
"We are also in the midst of a separate tender process to engage a firm to work with Council to look at developing a brand, logo and corporate identity for the new BBRAALC. Council would see you as a key stakeholder in this exercise and would welcome the opportunity to work with you as we seek to energise the naming of our new centre."
"As always, Council appreciates all your efforts to assist in getting the project through to this stage," she said signing off.
Eurobodalla Council has moved to pay out the remaining lease of the MiniGolf to enable them to remove the business from the footprint of the new pool, gym and meeting room/hall.