Battle for Albany

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 11, 2020

ALBANY was a hotbed of politicians this week as the fate of the Seat of Albany lays wide open.

Current long-term Labor Member Peter Watson will have held the seat for 20 years when he retires next year.

Prior to Mr Watson’s 2001 win, the Liberal Party held the Seat of Albany for 27 years.

State Opposition Leader Liza Harvey was in town on Friday following the endorsement of Liberal candidate Scott Leary.

Premier Mark McGowan was in Albany on Tuesday with Labor candidate Rebecca Stephens by his side as he toured two schools and visited Middleton Beach for various State announcements.

One Nation State Party Leader Colin Tincknell also visited town to introduce the party’s candidate to the community, Perth-based Michelle Kinsella.

Other political parties are yet to announce any candidates to join the fight for the Seat of Albany.

Pictured here is a snapshot from Mr McGowan’s visit to Flinders Park Primary School, where he officially opened the school’s new early childhood centre.

The $2.5 million facility caters for a play-based learning approach and includes shaded outdoor areas, early childhood-specific equipment, soft-fall flooring and interactive touchscreens.

Mr McGowan also announced that Albany’s AD Contractors had been award- ed the forward works contract for Mount Lockyer Primary School’s $15.2 million major redevelopment.

Construction is also underway on new buildings and refurbishment works at North Albany Senior High School and Albany Secondary Education Support Centre.