THE Gold Coast’s second casino will be built in central Southport, under new plans being floated by council.
It’s understood Gold Coast City Council wants to build the casino on a large site bordered by Queen Street, Ada Bell Way, Marine Parade, and the Gold Coast Highway.
The proposed site is currently home to the Southport Bowls Club, Queen’s Park Tennis Club, and Carey Park.
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Under the new plans, the 103-year-old Bowls Club and neighbouring Tennis Club would be relocated.
It’s understood council is considering moving the Bowls Club to a waterfront location at the Broadwater Parklands, while the Tennis Club would be shifted to one of two existing clubs at Helensvale.
It’s understood the 419 parking spaces currently available at Carey Park would also be retained by council.
Council released a brief short four-line statement after details of the proposed plans were leaked on Friday morning, confirming Mayor Tom Tate detailed the proposal in a letter to the Premier last Tuesday.
“Mayor Tom Tate wrote to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on 8 August to propose an Integrated Resort Development (IRD) site for the Southport Priority Development Area,” the statement said.
“This followed the State decision the week prior, to not approve the ASF site south of Seaworld Nara Resort.
“The site proposed by Mayor Tate is within the approved Southport CBD.
“The letter sought a response from the Premier and as such, Mayor Tate will today provide no media commentary on this site, out of respect to the Office of Premier.”
The Premier is yet to respond to the mayor’s letter.
The new proposed site for the casino borders land on Scarborough Street which is owned by ASF Consortium. Plans for ASF to build a multi-million dollar golden tower on the site were approved by council last year.
Last month, the State Government killed ASF’s plans to build a $3 billion integrated resort and casino on The Spit.