Tue, Aug 1, 1:09pm by Staff Writer
Following several months of community consultation, the Queensland Government has rejected a proposal to build a $3 billion Gold Coast Casino and integrated resort, saying the land it was to be built on – the Southport Spit – needs to be protected.
The proposed five-tower integrated resort and casino is backed by Chinese company ASF and was reportedly set to be operated by one of the world’s biggest casino companies – Caesars Entertainment – but a new master plan is now set to be developed for the site.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with the local council on Tuesday morning, and said a cruise ship terminal may now be built on the site, that is located on Crown land on the Spit at Southport.
The Premier told the Courier Mail that “this part of the Gold Coast is unique to Queenslanders and unique to the world,” she said.
She said Cabinet made the “very important decision” yesterday.
“This area is probably equivalent to what Central Park is to New York.”
“I used to come here as a young girl, I still come here,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Premier also confirmed that the three-storey height limit for new developments would apply for the Spit, and although the casino licence would remain on the Gold Coast, it will not be erected on the Spit.
In the plans that were released in December of last year, a theatre, hotel, residential apartments, and even an entertainment venue were all proposed.
According to ASF, the project would have created 13,000 jobs and introduced more than $700 million into the local economy.
The project has had plenty of opposition from the start, especially from environmental and community group Save Our Spit, which was led by former Labor minister Judy Spence, who campaigned against it due to its potential impact on wildlife, residents and local clubs.
Speaking of local clubs, Clubs Queensland, which represents the state’s licensed clubs, was also very public in its opposition to the proposed casino resort.
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