Council are encouraging the community to be on the Batemans Bay waterfront Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November to see what activation of the waterfront could look like and share their views about what they think would encourage more locals and visitors to use the waterfront, more often and for longer.
Above: Its time to get your dancing shoes on again, the Shack Shakers are back to play some cool rock n roll/ rockabilly tunes on Nov 16th between 4pm and 6pm on the Batemans Bay foreshore hosted by Batemans Bay Rock n Rollers . This time you better bring your picnic basket and chairs though because after the music, hang around for the open air movie night. The weekend is being identified as an opportunity for local businesses to participate by having a presence on the waterfront. In a circular to local businesses Council advise "This could be a stall, a creative way of encouraging people to find your business over the weekend or sponsoring entertainment to encourage people to come to waterfront and promote your business. If you would like to participate in some way, please contact Leisa Tague (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see how your ideas could work." Council will be in the Francis Guy building (5 Clyde Street Batemans Bay) and creating a temporary parklet in some car-parking spaces adjacent to Batemans Bay foreshore to ask the community for feedback regarding a Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy. Other community-led entertainment and activities are planned such as music, art, community stalls and exercise opportunities throughout the weekend. A movie screening on the foreshore is being organised for Saturday evening.
Council plan to let people know about the community engagement via the media and their social media hoping to encourage people to see what’s going on at the foreshore that weekend.
Council has engaged experienced planning and urban design consultants (Inspiring Place) to help prepare a masterplan and activation strategy for the Batemans Bay waterfront saying the purpose of the project "is to identify opportunities to activate the Batemans Bay waterfront through the enhancement of public spaces, establishing a framework for quality urban design and built form, establishing activities and uses that facilitate greater place-making, and increasing movement and recreation opportunities to and on the waterfront." They are hoping that the emerging ideas and concepts that will be shared in over the November weekend address feedback they received from the community, businesses, landowners and other stakeholders in August.