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Anglican Church opposes second Gold Coast casino

Fri, Apr 7, 8:36am by Senior Writer

The community consultation process surrounding the proposed new casino resort on the Gold Coast has been heavily criticised by the Anglican Church.

Dr Peter Catt, the Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane, has raised his concerns over the proposed Gold Coast Integrated Resort and the process being used to approve it.

“The ASF Consortium is proceeding on the basis that a casino licence will be part of the development, but the survey does not include a single question about the casino, poker machines or gambling,” said Dr Catt in a statement.

“Given that casinos largely depend on local gamblers for their revenue, and that the Gold Coast has the highest rate of local gamblers of all the casinos in Australia, this is a glaring omission.”

What the survey did detail was the wide range of potential benefits of the $3 billion development, which would attract the city’s second casino licence if it is approved.

The state government has not yet granted approval for construction of a resort, nor has it indicated who would receive the licence.

However, the ASF consortium is a clear front runner with its proposal to build a new resort on site on The Spit, with Crown Resorts likely to operate the casino.

Construction is expected to create 13,000 jobs and inject more than $700 million into the local economy.

However, during the community consultation process, several concerns have been raised, including by local clubs, who feel a second casino would do enormous damage to their bottom line.

Clubs Queensland’s CEO Doug Flockhart told the ABC last month that a new casino would have a significant impact on local clubs and other businesses.

“Casinos in Australia garner somewhere between 60 to 80 per cent of all their revenue from locals,” he said.

A statement from the Department of State Development responded to Dr Catt’s criticism, saying that there were in fact opportunities to state opposition to the development within the survey, including a section for open comment.

The likelihood that there will be a second casino on the Gold Coast has seen The Star up their commitment to their current operation. The former Jupiters Casino was re-branded in March with a major overhaul and upgraded underway.  

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