“Not for sale”: Hundreds gather to reject second casino in Southport

More than 200 people have turned out at a protest in Southport to call on the State Government to rule out building a second Gold Coast casino on public land.

Angry locals gathered at Carey Park on Thursday afternoon, one of the sites reportedly earmarked for an integrated resort development.

Among those joining the protest were the family of the man the park is named after, former Country Party MP Cecil Carey.


Protest organiser Eddy Sarroff said the message to the State Government was clear.

“We don’t support the sale of public land, we want hands off public land,” Mr Sarroff told the crowd.

“If they want to put a casino and a resort they can look for land elsewhere but not public land and certainly not in the heart of Southport.”

No decision has been made by the State Government on any potential site, but Mayor Tom Tate has consistently said that any proposal should test the market to see what location is best.

State Cabinet is expected to give the green light to a second casino this month before formally calling for expressions of interest.

Mr Sarroff says locals have had enough and has called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to withdraw any support for Carey Park.

“This is your land. This is not for sale. The State Government needs to take their hands off public land,” he said

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