Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate believes there’s still a possibility of a second Casino on the Gold Coast, despite a ban on new pokies.
State Estimates heard yesterday the Minister for Tourism, Kate Jones, confirm there would be no new poker machines brought to the Coast.
The Mayor explained there’s a way the casino could still have pokies.
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“It doesn’t prohibit the person who operates, whether it’s on a general or casino licence, to acquire more machines, at auction,” he said.
Cr Tate added he doesn’t see the poker machines being a key part of the international integrated resort design.
These comments were backed up by Minister Jones who told MyGC the plan is to deliver a fully-fledged entertainment precint, not just a casino.
“The world’s biggest entertainment companies like Caesars Entertainment and Hard Rock no longer rely on poker machines or their revenue,” she said.
The Palaszczuk Government is still considering where the casino will be built.
Cr Tate said he wants the development to have hotels, restaurants and multiple areas for entertainment and shows.
“If you look at Las Vegas the majority of people who go there are families,” he said.
The State Government says they’ll continue to market the Gold Coast as an entertainment destination and precinct.