Anthony O'Rourke's family bought a Boathouse apartment off Port of Airlie's original plan which he is comparing here with a current photo of the development.
Anthony O'Rourke's family bought a Boathouse apartment off Port of Airlie's original plan which he is comparing here with a current photo of the development.

Apartment buyers pull out

MORE than 20 Boathouse apartment contracts could be terminated this week at the multi-million dollar Port of Airlie development with a number of buyers saying they want out.

Settlements were due to take place this week but some disgruntled buyers are emerging.

Anthony O'Rourke's parents Sheila and Brian signed a contract in November 2008 to buy a three bedroom apartment.

They planned to spend the winter months living here to have a break from their home in Tasmania.

The O'Rourkes are the owners of Beach Plaza on The Esplanade in Airlie Beach.

Anthony O'Rourke, who lives in the Whitsundays and is the Managing Director of Airlie Waterfront Backpackers Bar and Grill, spoke out this week on behalf of his parents.

He said they were now taking legal action to terminate their contract because they felt the Port of Airlie development was not what they had been sold.

“The resort was meant to be built at the same time and we were supposed to have access to those facilities but it hasn't happened,” he said.

“What we were sold is not what they are delivering and our big concern is will they ever be able to deliver it?”

Mr O'Rourke said he was concerned for the flow-on effects for the town if the development did not go ahead as per the plan.

“If it all happened to plan, it would have been fantastic,” he said.

“We recently asked Meridien several questions about what was happening with the development including when the resort would be built.

“In response we received an email advising that our questions were “irrelevant to the contract” and that we couldn't be given anything precise with respect to dates.

“If Meridien won't give us back our deposit then we will look at our option including a court order to get it,” he said.


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