Ashfield Aquatic Centre café operator announced

Thursday 16 July 2020

Inner West Council has announced that Robert and Philip Fallato have won the tender to operate the café at the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre (AAC).

The new aquatic centre, which is due to open in September, includes:

• A new 50m indoor pool with accessible ramp and split boom
• A new outdoor pool with floating floor that can change its depth, opening it up for a wide range of uses
• A new children’s leisure pool with landscaping and green wall
• A new two storey entry building with cafe, change areas, crèche, staff facilities and retail space
• A new 1,000sqm gym on Level 2 of the entry building
• New sauna, steam and spa attached to the existing pool hall building
• A community green space and covered seating
• Landscaping areas and terraces for the external pools
• Increased parking spaces

“The eye popping new aquatic centre will be a state-of-the-art, modern recreation facility that the whole community can enjoy for generations to come,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.

“The project is part of Council’s $65 million investment in park and aquatic facilities over three years, the biggest investment in sports facilities in the history of the Inner West.

“As a regular visitor to the excellent cafes that Robert and Philip run at Leichhardt Pool and Annette Kellerman I know what a terrific service they provide and how ingrained they are in the community,” Mayor Byrne said.

“This is an exciting step towards the opening of the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre which, like the new Marrickville Library will be a huge boost for the whole Inner West community.”

Robert and Phillip Fallato also manage the café at Council’s Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, Blu Aqua Kiosk, and Kellerman’s Café at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore.

Phillip said he and his brother were very pleased to have won the tender. “We are extremely happy to keep serving the Inner West,” he said. “It’s very exciting to be part of the new complex. It's looking fantastic. For us, it will complement LPAC which has a lot of Learn to Swim. At AAC, we’ll get swimming carnivals and water polo.

The new café – it has yet to be named – “will be an extension of what we are doing now, a mix of sandwiches, salad and health food together with regular favourites like hot chips and burgers,” Phillip said.

“We do a variety of food, because we have the people who use the gym who want healthy food and then the kids who want something hot after a swim. Plus coffee is a very important element of our business. You can’t serve bad coffee!”

For a print quality image of AAC or the new café, contact the Communication team.

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or


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