Albo Announces Lpac Upgrade

By: Cerys, Jade, Aya and Scarlett from the

It was pouring with rain at Leichhardt Aquatic Center (LPAC for short) but that didn’t dampen the excitement. Anthony Albanese, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and our local MP, alongside Councilor Philippa Scott and Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne had gathered to announce a $1 Million investment to upgrade LPAC.

“I am excited to announce this funding for upgrades to Leichhardt Park Aquatic Center,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese told the Kegworth Times about the importance of having an outdoor area for families to come together and have fun.

“The inner west is very densely populated and a lot of people don’t have big backyards. Where I grew up, we had just a little bit of concrete – so I didn’t have anywhere to play, so parks and open space is so important.” 

Like many Inner West locals, Mr Albanese has his own memories of coming to LPAC.

“I learned to swim, here at Leichhardt. I used to get the school bus here. There was only one boy who could dive off the top – I thought that was pretty impressive,” he said.

Press Gang reporters Cers, Jade, Scarlett and Aya interviewing Albo

Mayor Darcy Byrne enthusiastically supports the development of LPAC. “I learnt to swim here and I love to bring my kids here,” he said.

The upgrade will include barbeque areas and a kid’s water play area, for smaller kids (Mr Albanese joked that it would not be anything like Wet & Wild). We think that this will be a really good way to take advantage of the waterfront.

Councillor Philippa Scott, also a Kegworth mum, says that  LPAC is an asset for our whole community, over generations. “I learned to swim there and so did my kids,” she told the Kegworth Times. 

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