New Gold Coast casino tower to be completed by Commonwealth Games
The third of seven apartment towers planned for the rapidly-expanding Jupiter’s Casino complex at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast will begin to rise from the ground early next year, when construction begins.
Star Entertainment Group first lodged the plans for the site in February 2016 and the Queensland government approved the first of five new buildings on Friday.
The new tower will have 700 4.5-star rooms, with an eight-floor, resort-styled pool and will be over 200 metres tall. It will be built on the island which is home to the original Jupiter’s Casino tower that is 17-storey’s and houses 600 luxury rooms.
While the third tower will not be ready before the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the second tower will be completed for the event.
The government’s approval on Friday was welcomed by Star Entertainment Group managing director Matt Bekier.
Mr Bekier told the Brisbane Times “I would like to thank the Queensland government for its ongoing support as we create a world-class tourism asset that will contribute significantly to the appeal of the Gold Coast and this State”
“With increasing tourism out of Asia and China, together with strong domestic tourism figures, Queensland is well-placed to capture this growth but needs enhanced tourism product to meet the demand.”
While its chief rival, Crown Resorts, are concentrating on expanding its Australian holdings at Barangaroo South on Sydney’s Harbour and at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, the Star Entertainment Group is expanding its integrated resorts in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
Mr Hogg said the newly approved 200-metre tower, with an expected start to construction next year, would be planned for completion in 2020. Star Entertainment Group plans to formally rebrand the Jupiters’ Casino as the Star Gold Coast in 2017.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the agreement included a partnership with TAFE Queensland to complete a six-star International Hospitality Service program.
Ms Palaszczuk said total tourism to the Gold Coast increased by 12 per cent to 4.7 million visitors in 2016. “So this is another vote of confidence in Queensland and the Gold Coast as a must-visit tourism destination,” Ms Palaszczuk said.