The Gold Coast City Council says they won’t be bullied by the Star Casino and is urging the State Government to call the company’s bluff.
Newscorp reports Star Queensland Managing Director Geoff Hogg wrote to the Premier saying they’ll stop their partnership with the State Government if they continue to push for a second casino on the Gold Coast.
The State Government recently approved The Star’s $2 billion masterplan for it’s Broadbeach site which will see four additional towers built.
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The project is estimated to create 10,000 jobs during and after construction.
A Star Spokesperson said they have no comment on this morning’s report.
“The Star Entertainment Group treats any dealings with the Queensland Government as strictly confidential.”
Mayor Tom Tate said it doesn’t make sense for the Star to renege on their contract with the Government.
“If they say they’re not going to build their next development, I say call their bluff,” he told MyGC.
“A lot of it is pre-sold, it’s going to make money for them. To take the angle they’re not going to do it, it doesn’t make business sense for them.
“I don’t think the State Government or City of the Gold Coast should be bullied. The Star can’t leave the city because they’ve got too much investment here and if they tried to leave the shareholders would vote against it and probably get the board sacked.”
He added that their recent comments would be motivation for the State Government to push forward with their plans to build an integrated resort on the Gold Coast.
A State Government Spokesperson said they haven’t changed their plans for the development on the Coast.
“We are focused on creating jobs on the Gold Coast,” they said.
“We’re continuing with our process to ensure the best outcome for the Coast.”
It comes after the Gold Coast City Council voted in favour of the development being built on public land.
Carey Park at Southport has been touted as the most likely location for the integrated resort.