15 January 2021

Community invited to help name the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre

| Sharon Kelley
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Artist's impression of the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.

Artist’s impression of the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre, which is currently under construction at Mackay Park. Image: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council has invited community members to attend stakeholder workshops to shape the branding and naming of the new $58 million Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.

Brand design specialist CITIZEN will conduct a series of workshops in early February 2021 to hear community feedback, and share their initial ideas.

Representatives from the more than 90 potential user groups that attended stakeholder workshops in 2018 and 2019 to focus on the centre’s design have been sent written invitations and will receive priority to attend.

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Limited spaces are available for other community members, and these will be allocated on the basis of ‘first in, best dressed’.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s planning director Lindsay Usher said branding and communications would be an important element of the new centre.

“The Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre has only ever intended to be the development project name, not the final name of the facility,” he said.

“The task now is to develop an engaging brand for the centre that will last for many years, attracting visitation from both locals and tourists alike.”

The centre, designed by NBRS Architecture, will replace the existing 50-metre outdoor pool at Mackay Park with an indoor multi-pool aquatic centre complete with four water slides and internal and external water play, as well as meeting spaces, a gymnasium and a 350-seat theatre, all joined by a gallery walk that will house visitor information and a cafe.

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The stakeholder workshops will be held at Hanging Rock Sports Club Function Centre on Tuesday, 2 February (three sessions from 1 pm to 2 pm; 4 pm to 5 pm; and 6 pm to 7 pm), and on Wednesday, 3 February (two sessions from 9 am to 10 am; and 11 am to 12 pm).

To register your interest in attending, email council, nominating your preferred session, by Tuesday, 19 January.

Due to COVID-19-safe requirements, numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

For more information about the project, visit Eurobodalla Shire Council’s website.

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