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The Spit casino resort mooted to create 13,000 jobs

Sat, Feb 4, 9:49am by Staff Writer

Located just north of Gold Coast’s Main Beach, ‘The Spit’ is set for a population and job boom with a $3 billion casino resort development planned.

Locals are set to be the big winners with more than 13,000 jobs set to be created by the ASF integrated resort development. According to the newly released economic data, around 4100 positions will be made available during the five-year construction period.

The development is yet to be approved but an analysis of the project by consultant company MacroPlan Dimasi paints a rosy picture for employment in the city across a range of industries.

Once fully operational, the resort will provide a further 9000 direct and indirection job opportunities to the Coast. MacroPlan chairman Brian Haratsis tips that Gold Coast residents will fill around 80 per cent of construction jobs.

“For the overall project we expect somewhere between 70 and 80 per cent of jobs will be filled by people who are already living on the Gold Coast,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“This will also create employment opportunities for others to come here and work, including some specialised professionals”. He also said the project had the potential to deliver “widespread economic benefits”.

“It will also stimulate training, education and upskilling opportunities across the state, creating new careers for existing and future generations.”

The latest proposal was announced in December but is dependant on ASF getting state government approval for the operation of a casino on the site.  

A detailed submission will be made to the state government by the middle of this year after the initial $7 billion Wavebreak Island project was shelved in 2015.

If approved, the project is set to include five towers and a 7200sq m public piazza featuring multiple major restaurants and conference facilities overlooking the Broadwater.

It would also feature a casino, likely to be operated by Crown Resorts.

Plans also feature a 1200-seat amphitheatre with a canopy, a large-scale waterfall and two public beaches.

Director of ASF, Louis Chien said the consortium would soon begin public consultation, which will run concurrently with the State Government’s own public comment process.

Mr Chien said “we are committed to maximising local participation, starting with local supplier briefing sessions to ensure Gold Coast businesses are given every opportunity to prepare, respond and get involved at the earliest stages of the project”.

Construction on the project would begin in 2019.

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