A SECOND casino is now almost a certainty on the Gold Coast, with the State Government vowing to support it.
Mayor Tom Tate confirmed on Friday that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had written to him cementing her support for a second casino and integrated resort in the city.
“As I advised Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate in my letter, the Palaszczuk Government is currently considering the next steps for the integrated resort development process for the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“The Queensland Government has been clear that its decision to terminate the ASF Consortium proposal for the Gold Coast Spit does not rule out a future Integrated Resort Development on the Gold Coast.”
The State Government is expected to launch a global expression of interest campaign to find a potential developer.
The new casino and integrated resort would compete with the newly refurbished The Star in Broadbeach.
“I don’t believe in monopoly … when you’ve got competition, it fares well,” Cr Tate told reporters.
Where exactly the new casino will be built, however, is not yet clear.
“At this stage, the Government has no preferred site for an integrated resort on the Gold Coast, and any decision would be made in the best interests of the State and the Gold Coast,” the Premier said.
Mayor Tate recently penned a letter to the premier, detailing his aspirations to build a casino in Southport.
In his letter, Cr Tate suggested the casino be built in the centre of the suburb, on land currently home to Queen’s Park Tennis Club, the Southport Bowls Club and Carey Park.
That idea, however, sparked fury among some fellow councillors, community groups, and long-term residents.
When asked if he would now rule that site out altogether, Cr Tate said “yeah, I would”.
“I would say to everyone now, and to give certainty to the Bowls Club and the Tennis Club, now that it’s opened up to the whole of the city, that site is no longer necessary for a proposal.”
Today’s announcement comes two months after the State Government canned ASF Consortium’s $3 billion plans to built a casino and integrated resort at The Spit.
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