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Gold Coast Casino plans quashed by State Government

southport spitOn Tuesday, the Southport Spit casino building plans were terminated by Queensland Government. The Chinese consortium ASF had originally planned to build a five-tower development. The pan included entertainment venues, a casino, hotels, theatres and residential apartments.

More development is needed in the Southport area. A new master plan is now under way and industry groups hope there will be a new vision for the land. According to abc.net, Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce president Martin Brady said “You would think it would have to be something along the entertainment lines based on the area it’s in.” He went on to say “There hasn’t been too many major projects, apart from the Commonwealth Games, on tourism infrastructure on the Gold Coast in a long time.

The $3 billion Gold Casino project was projected to create roughly 13,000 jobs. Mr Brady went on further to say “It begs the question now, where will those jobs and those opportunities come from?” Mr Brady said. “It begs the question now, where will those jobs and those opportunities come from?” Mr Brady said.


“We need opportunities for people on the Gold Coast be trained up in a career, like hospitality.”We need opportunities for people on the Gold Coast be trained up in a career, like hospitality.” He added a further comment, “we need to acknowledge we’re not the only place in the world that has beaches. We are in a global environment. And so we need to make sure we have a competitive offering.”

Protect the park

Save Our Spit Alliance (SOS) is a community group that ran a campaign directly challenging the Gold Coast casino project. They put pressure on the Government to preserve the area’s natural assets. The spokesman for the SOS is Steve Gration, he asked for The Spit to remain a parkland community space. “When you leave the dunes systems intact and leave it as a natural park, nature looks after itself. It’s an egalitarian space that’s available to everybody, no matter what their socio-economic background — they can find joy down here.”

What Next?

Although the Government quashed plans to build a casino on The Spit, a licence for the integrated resort development (IRD) could still be on the cards. Star Entertainment Group already have Star Casino on the Gold Coast. However, they haven’t commented on whether or not they plan to apply for a licence. Their statement said “The Star Entertainment Group welcomes the decision by the Palaszczuk Government to develop a master plan for The Spit,” the statement said.

“As a stakeholder with a significant investment in the area via the Sheraton Grand Mirage, we look forward to participating in those discussions and working to preserve the unique natural environment of The Spit.”

The State Government also commented and said that it was conducting”market sounding to determine if there is an appetite for an IRD development in Queensland”.

“If Government were to go to market, any new integrated resort development would need to meet our criteria, which includes a focus on expanding international tourism and the jobs and business opportunities that it brings,” it said.

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