Mon, Feb 11, 12:15pm by Staff Writer
The Star Entertainment Group is unperturbed by a second casino stealing its limelight if the recent unveiling of plans for an open-air concert venue is anything to go by.
The proposal reported by Australasian Leisure Management outlines plans to develop an area that is currently vacant canal-front land on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and T E Peters Drive.
If approved, the venue would be able to host events from full-scale concerts and family-friendly events such as community carols.
The one hectare Gold Coast Bulletin Centenary Park, which recently received an A$1 million makeover in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, will now be further utilised to accommodate a stage and up to 1,500 people.
The new venue is the brain child of chief executive Matt Bekier, who explained that “we (The Star Entertainment Group) have spoken to a lot of people well-connected to the music industry (and) an outdoor venue that can stage concerts of small and large scale would drive great cut-through and further enhance the Gold Coast as a music destination.”
The Star Group’s plans include a calendar of events from full-scale concerts by world-class bands and performers to family-friendly picnic events like Carols at Christmas to smaller more intimate offerings like string quartets.
“The elevated stage will be in full view of Gold Coast Bulletin Centenary Park. The park could be activated for larger concerts and free family-friendly events, increasing the audience considerably and creating that unique waterside experience,” Mr Bekier said.
The next step for the Star is to approach a range of stakeholders, including the City of Gold Coast Council, Broadbeach Alliance and entertainment specialists in order to consider the best way forward for the open-air concert venue.
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Bekier insisted that, “we want this to be an asset the local community will embrace as part of the fabric of the city.”
Star Entertainment has previously supported the Blues on Broadbeach festival and hosted the Country Music Awards.
Star hopes to begin construction on the outdoor venue in March, with the first acts scheduled later this year, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
The existing Star Casino on the Gold Coast has recently been approved for A$2 billion in upgrades, with a company spokesman outlining it was focused on expanding its facilities and not on a potential new local player.
The expansion includes an A$850 million redevelopment of The Star Gold Coast and development of the new Dorsett hotel tower.
The joint venture between Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based partners Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises will take 10 years to complete.
“The Gold Coast is not the most attractive market for a new integrated resort and casino, in our view, relative to other regions within Australia.”
The Star Casino’s masterplan includes a commitment to no more poker machines for the Gold Coast and would integrate tourism assets across the Star Gold Coast, Queens Wharf Brisbane and the Sheraton Grand Mirage to A$9 billion.
The Star Gold Coast was formerly known as Jupiters Casino until 2007 after opening in 1986.
The seven-acre complex includes eight bars, seven restaurants, conference facilities, a ballroom, theatre, health spa and gym.
The hotel has 592 rooms across 21 floors.
The Star’s latest live music offering comes after the proposed second Gold Casino casino’s ‘Global Tourism Hub’ begins to take shape.
The tourism hub would seek to attract high-profile music acts, contain apartments, a shopping centre and a gaming venue.
The Queensland state government introduced the Global Tourism Hub concept as one that involves the construction of integrated resorts across the state.
The plan aims to attract national and international investment and is expected to boost Queensland’s A$25 billion tourism industry that supports more than 200,000 jobs.
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