WATERFRONT WEEKEND TO INSPIRE CLYDE CONVERSATION
Art, music and movies - that's the agenda for the Batemans Bay waterfront later this month.
Eurobodalla Shire Council hopes a mini-festival will encourage people to meet along the Clyde Street foreshore on the weekend of November 16-17.
Mayor Liz Innes said the council wants more people, staying longer.
"That means locals first and foremost," Cr Innes said.
"The waterfront weekend is part our work with the community to achieve this - to see what can be done, talk about how we can achieve it, and have a great time doing it.
"Local groups and businesses are really getting into it and will be running events over the weekend, including live bands, exercise classes, art, even a wildlife tour.
"And on Saturday night, bring a picnic and your chair or blanket to the open-air cinema for a screening of The Greatest Showman, thanks to the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club."
Cr Innes said the waterfront weekend was part of the council's Clyde River foreshore activation project.
"Staff will be there both days, between 9am and 4pm in the Francis Guy building, looking for responses to the ideas and options put forward earlier this year by businesses and the wider community to encourage better use of the waterfront," she said.
"We've developed the main themes - more river access, more food options and a flow of people using the waterfront into the CBD. More business, less vacant shops.
"Urban planners Inspiring Place are helping us with concepts and options to make that happen, and now we're looking for feedback on these ideas before developing a masterplan and strategy.
"And there's still plenty of opportunity for new ideas. We're really open to people thinking outside the square when it comes to using the waterfront and CBD in different ways.
"As an example, the council will temporarily occupy several car spots on Clyde Street over the weekend, turning them into a mini-park, testing ideas on how we use public space."
Updates will be available on the council's social media platforms and website.
For more information about the Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/project-and-exhibitions/major-projects-and-works/batemans-bay-waterfront.