Mildura Casino proposal shut down
Mildura’s hopes of securing a second Victoria casino licence have been shut down by the Victorian State Government, who have indicated that they will not consider licensing the $300 million proposal.
The Australia Cove project was to incorporate a convention centre, five star hotel and boutique casino and had divided the local community.
But the local newspaper, the Sunraysia Daily has reported that the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has informed those behind the proposal that there is no chance of it gaining approval.
“Following this meeting my office called the director of the group to inform him that the government was not looking at issuing a second casino licence and that government support for a casino in Mildura would not be forthcoming,” a letter from Ms Kairouz’s staff read.
Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne has called on the community to put the proposal behind them after months of bickering over the merits of a casino in the far northern Victorian town.
“It’s not going to happen – that’s what the government, the minister’s office, is saying,” Cr Milne said.
“They wouldn’t put (a second licence) in Mildura anyway because of our socio-economic demographic … that’s not intelligent policy, to put something like that in a community like this.”
“I’d like our community to move on, not bicker and fight over it,” he said.
“There has been no due diligence done, it shouldn’t have been supported in the first place by a number of people, but let’s look at other projects to make our community a great place to live – don’t put more financial pressure on people in lower income levels.”
“Let’s put ourselves on the map for something else other than gambling.”