Southport icons ‘Not For Sale’ say opponents to proposed casino

The smell of snags on the barbie is likely to attract some Gold Coasters to Carey Park in Southport this morning.

A good old fashioned sausage sizzle is being held alongside a protest against plans to build a casino in Southport.

Outspoken Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow is leading the charge against the proposed development (outlined in main picture), which she says would wipe out local history.


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The 102-year-old Southport Bowls Club, along with Queens Park Tennis Centre and Carey Car Park would be relocated a short distance away, but Cr Crichlow says that’s not a solution.

“It’s about saving open space and crown land from being turned into a commercial area… taking away public space from the people,” the Division Six representative told myGC.

“The bowling club is 102 years old and they don’t want to go anywhere else.

“As for the tennis club, Sam Stosur’s name is on a board here!” she exclaimed.

“The old sea wall goes right through Carey’s Park and that was Heritage Listed back in 2010, so it’s important we save it.”

Mayor Tom Tate is in favour of the proposal, which comes on the back of a rejection by the Queensland Government to ASF’s plans for an integrated resort on land at The Spit.

Mayor Tate claims the Southport casino will create 10,000 jobs.

But Cr Crichlow is up in arms over the underhanded way it’s been approached.

“It didn’t even go to Council for a report. The offices didn’t write a report to say Carey’s Park has got the sea wall in it.

“The Mayor didn’t even tell me he had it in mind. I’m the divisional councillor!

“It will bring no benefits. It will close down the RSL, the CSI Club, all the hotels. We don’t need another casino!”

She is calling on locals to gather at Carey Park at 8am on Sunday for the low key rally and, don’t forget the sausage sizzle.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au. “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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Darrell Johnson
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I totally agree with Dawn Crichlow on this one !!! If there has to be a 2nd casino on the Gold Coast (I personally don’t think it’s needed but would obviously be great for employment) then the perfect location for this (and the least environmentally and aesthetically impactful site for it) would be on the old hospital site that is currently sitting vacant (which I think Dawn has recommended also) … great central position to revitalise Southport CBD, close to China-town precinct, the light-rail runs straight outside it already thereby linking it to Surfers/Broadbeach etc, elevated position to capitalise on… Read more »
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