DISGRUNTLED investors and residents waiting for progress at the site of the much anticipated Lumia Waikiki development may be in for disappointment.
The Weekend Courier can reveal the development has been listed for sale since last year, and while interest has been shown – it remains on the market – progress of the promised amenities appear to be at a standstill.
Marketed as luxury beachside apartments on the corner of Safety Bay and Malibu roads, Lumia promised to be ‘the ultimate beachside residential resort’.
Stage one apartment investors will have to continue waiting, while nearby residents are frustrated with the dilapidated buildings and anti-social behaviour occurring at the site.
Mick Barson, who lives nearby Lumia, decided enough was enough and launched a campaign along with his neighbours to try and do something about it.
He said the City of Rockingham should give answers to the residents.
“I think as a private investment, they should be treated the same way as a land owner and a home owner in the district,” he said.
“If my front yard looked like this, (the City) would be straight on to me to do some cleaning up.”
Mr Barson raised concerns the abandoned deli was attracting anti-social behaviour including people using it as a sleep-out, saying he thought its close proximity to his home might influence his property’s value.
“It’s a complete eyesore, the fence has been pulled down, the rubbish thrown, someone is responsible for it… we were excited when the development went ahead initially,” he said.
“The straw that broke the camels back was when I walked up here one day, I looked down the alleyway and it looked like a ghetto.
“I thought ‘I’ve had enough of this filthy place’.”
Sam Jarvis is invested in Lumia and said the constant delays in construction of the amenities were frustrating.
“Part of our contract was to have access to all of the facilities here as in the pool and the gym, that was going to be a part of stage two and that was meant to be underway 18 months ago,” he said.
“It’s extremely disappointing… everyone’s obviously invested their hard earned money… it’s sold to you on the pretence that there is going to be these magnificent facilities, a cafe strip, taverns; that’s the only information you’re given and then you’re kind of let down a bit now when you come across this.
“If you had it confirmed in the near future this was all was going to be under construction, you’d be able to bare it a bit more but it’s a bit disheartening when all you ever hear is ‘we’re waiting for final signatures’”.
Despite the Weekend Courier’s best efforts, a Lumia representative was not able to be reached.
In a further set-back, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels confirmed that while development approvals had been approved for the site, they have expired.
“The City has previously approved a number of development applications for a mixed use development over this site,” he said.
“Unfortunately, none of the applicants have proceeded and the approvals have since expired.
“As an interim measure the City is currently preparing correspondence to the landowner requesting that the site be secured and fenced for the protection of people in the immediate area.”