Could Mildura host Victoria’s second casino?
A proposal has been put forward which could see the riverside city of Mildura awarded Victoria’s second casino licence.
A property development company, Australia Cove Limited, has put forward a $300 million proposal for an entertainment complex in the far northern Victorian town, which includes a convention centre, five-star hotel and casino,
The eight-level development would overlook the iconic Murray River with further plans set to be announced in the coming days, according to a report in the Sunraysia Daily newspaper.
The developers behind the proposal are seeking community support for the project before progressing further on an application for a second Victorian casino licence.
However, Australia Cove chairman Bob McIvor told the Sunraysia Daily he had spoken to Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas in April.
“A complex of this nature will attract a high number of new visitors to the region and tourism businesses are excited by this project,” Mr McIvor said.
“The convention market Australia-wide is constantly looking for new venues and the Mildura Entertainment Complex will provide the facilities for events previously rejected by tourism authorities, purely because of the lack of space and five-star hotel facilities,” he said.
“The board is excited at being given the chance to deliver a project of this significance to Mildura and look forward to working with the local community to have a successful opening celebration.”
The plans for the project will be revealed to the public on Tuesday night.
It is the second time such a plan has been put forward for the Mildura region, with another proposal in 2009 falling flat when the state government failed to award a second licence.
The sole casino license in Victoria is held by Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Mildura is a regional city of around 30,000 people which is a popular destination for tourists, due to the mild climate and picturesque river location. It is located about 540km from Melbourne on the Victorian-NSW border.