Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed news the Gold Coast is closer to securing a second Casino.
The plan is to build the major $3 billion dollar development with the ASF Consortium next to Sea World according to reports in the Sunday Mail.
It would include three towers and a Florida Keys style bridge to Southport.
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The paper said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed off on a so-called Process Deed and that work could get underway within months.
Speaking from Broadbeach on Sunday, Mayor TATE said having a second casino would increase competition, which he said would be good for the city.
“It gives people added experience, like for instance you can stay two to three nights at Jupiters and then you can stay just up the road at ASF and enjoy different entertainment – one might have Pink on, the other one might have Robbie Williams” he said.
Mayor Tate also admitted that they would have to work on some congestion busting solutions “it’s not an easy one to resolve, quite complex, but however, me being a civil engineer I believe we will find an optimal solution to make sure that the traffic congestion is not there”.
When asked by media if the plan to build a bridge to Southport was a good solution to easing some of the congestion he was in two minds about it saying “depending on the locality of it, the idea of that is good, I’ve got other ideas that are very low hanging fruit cost effective which will incorporate into that”.
“But as I say, for a full solution, we’ve got to really work together with the State Government and we’re willing to do so” Mayor Tate finished.
Save Our Broadwater also had something to say about the proposed development.
Vice President Judy Spence said in a statement “it is no surprise that Packer and the ASF Consortium want to build high rise on the Spit said Save Our Broadwater Vice President Judy Spence”.
“Every developer wants to get hold of the finest piece of public land on the east coast of Australia.
“The State Government has been secretly talking to this group for 18 months, today they have finally come clean.
“With the LNP aligned Gold Coast City Council about to consider a proposal from Sunland to build two 44 storey towers on the Spit and now the Labor State Government entertaining three to five high rise towers from ASF it seems that people who want the existing town plan which designates a three storey height limit with nowhere to go.
Ms Spence went on to say “I call on Minister [Anthony] Lynham today to release the survey conducted by his department”.
“He needs to stop hiding the views of the people from the people. And that needs to end today.
“I remind the minister that this survey was paid for by the taxpayer and he has no excuse to keep it secret.
The Vice President also said she believes the reason he is keeping it secret is that it proves what we have been saying all along, that is that Gold Coast people will not cop their Spit being crowded out by 40 storey towers.
One of the oldest Labor principles is the protection of public land. This government is a custodian of Crown Land not an agent for developers.
Labor holds firmly that vested interest do not override the right of citizens to enjoy public space.
Anyone who thinks that creating the five proposed towers that are currently under consideration will be the end of it. The reality is that other developers will follow.
Even five high rises will destroy the Spit as we know it. You can build high rises anywhere in the world. What we have on the Spit is unique and it why tourists and locals love the place, Ms Spence finished.
The Queensland Opposition also weighed in. Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said “Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has again trumped Annastacia Palaszczuk after front page headlines revealed half-cooked plans for a new Gold Coast casino, with no real detail from the Government on what it will involve or how it will be achieved”.
Mr Emerson said if the Government had a real plan for this project, why wasn’t Annastacia Palaszczuk making an announcement at The Spit with James Packer and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate?
“What we’ve seen today [on Sunday] is a front page headline with no real detail, no real plan and no community consultation,” Mr Emerson said.
“This is really just a chance for Jackie Trad to grab a headline and divert attention away from internal divisions within the Labor party.
“It’s clear the Deputy Premier is auditioning for the top job, side-stepping Annastacia Palaszczuk with a plan that raises more questions than it answers.
“We’ve heard no detail on the scale of the project, building heights, the number of gaming machines or consideration of the impact it might have on local traffic or the wider community.”
Mr Emerson said the LNP’s $7 billion Wavebreak Island project was ready to go and would have boosted the local economy right away.
“We consulted with the community and stakeholders to develop a clear plan for a casino and cruise ship terminal that would have delivered jobs right away,” he said.
“Instead, Labor scrapped the project with no back-up plan besides the half-cooked proposal we’re hearing about today.
“Another day, another smokescreen from a divided Labor Government that is clearly more interested in jobs for themselves than for Queenslanders.”
The ASF Consortium has been contacted for comment.