ALKIMOS residents are celebrating new infrastructure at the burgeoning suburb.
Chris White is president of the Alkimos Beach Progress Association, which held its first meeting last November, and next month expects to resolve “one of the biggest problems we have had since we moved in”.
Mr White said the group was celebrating news this month that a telecommunications tower had been ordered for the area and should be erected in March.
“When we first started off, we had a huge meeting and that was the biggest complaint: the mobile phone service,” he said.
Mr White said signal had been an issue across the estate, with most residents unable to make or receive mobile phone calls while inside their houses.
“I’m quite proud about the fact we got that tower; that was our number one priority to try and get that going, instead of seeing people on the footpath every evening,” he said.
About 500 people live in 320 completed houses in the Alkimos Beach estate, but ultimately the area is expected to have a population of about 34,000.
Mr White said Lendlease’s community development officer Samantha Simpson had inspired him to get the community group started.
“We are only young but we will grow,” he said.
“This is going to be a very good place to be once it is established.”
The association has 12 committee members and meets monthly in the St James Chapel.
“Things like this can’t work with just one person, it takes a community to get things up and running,” Mr White said.
The retiree said other wins had been setting up a community noticeboard at Sprout Hub, and publishing a newsletter for residents. Residents are also looking forward to the first commercial development being built and expect shops to open later this year.
For more information, call Chris White on 9590 0230.
Commercial centre works underway
IN December, the North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel approved changes to the uses permitted in the $15 million commercial development on two Graceful Boulevard lots.
The changes included adding bank, hairdresser, beauty parlour, restaurant, take away food outlet and office uses to specific tenancies within the development.
The December 21 report said the changes would have a negligible impact on parking requirements and increase flexibility to locate the various shops across the 2.79ha development.
Construction work has started on the site, which will have 36 tenancies, including a child care centre, recreation centre and medical centre.