Cairns and Gold Coast face off for right to build casino

TWO projects at opposite ends of the state are now frontrunners to securing the remaining two casino licences State Government offered up under its grand integrated resorts plan.

The State Government plan, announced last year, will see the development of three world-class resorts across the state in a bid to boost the tourism and construction sectors.

The cherry on offer for developers willing to invest billions - lucrative casino licenses.

The proposed $8.15 billion Aquis project in Cairns along with the proposed $7.5 billion Broadwater Marine Project on the Gold Coast have been selected as the two projects able to proceed to the next stage of development under the integrated resorts plan.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said on Tuesday both proposals would be able to receive a gaming licence if their projects proceeded and met all the necessary environmental, planning and gaming licensing approvals.

"In October last year the Queensland Government decided that up to two gaming licences would be offered to encourage the provision of world-class integrated resorts in regional Queensland," he said.

"The Queensland Government has identified that these projects have the greatest capacity to deliver the requirements for an integrated resort development in the regions, particularly the potential to attract interstate and international tourists as both these centres have international airports.

"These projects have the potential to create thousands of new jobs in these two key tourism centres, with Aquis indicating its project could create more than 3,700 construction jobs and more than 10,000 ongoing operational jobs.

"The ASF Consortium has indicated its Broadwater integrated resort and cruise ship terminal could create 1,300 construction jobs and more than 10,000 ongoing operational jobs."

The third casino licence has been set aside for the developers of the Queen's Wharf project in Brisbane.


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