Second casino fight steps up as consultation wraps up

The fight against a second Gold Coast casino will step up another notch with opponents criticising the consultation process.

Concerned Gold Coasters are being encouraged to attend an information session and sausage sizzle at Carey Park in Southport, one of the sites which has reportedly been earmarked for a Global Tourism Hub.

The consultation process for a GTH, undertaken by an independent panel is due to conclude on Monday.


It’s understood the panel has been investigating 11 possible sites, but those locations remain a closely guarded secret.

However Carey Park has long been touted as a likely location, angering locals.

Former Councillor Eddy Sarroff is leading the charge against a GTH at Carey Park, saying any new casino should not be built on public land.

“The local community have raised serious concerns with the consultation process, whereby 10 of the 11 sites that have been investigated for the integrated resort and casino remain secret whilst Carey Park has been openly promoted,” Mr Sarroff said.

“We maintain that a Casino and resort should be built on privately owned land not on precious open space which is heritage listed.”

The information session will be held at Carey Park between 10am and midday on Saturday.

“Hands off Carey Park, hands off public open space, hands off the Tennis centre and Bowls Club, and hands off our car parks. We will stand firm in rejecting commercialisation of our park into a casino and resort which most likely will fall into foreign ownership.

“The State Government should listen to concerned residents who just want to protect their open space for future generations.”

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Can someone please provide me the link to complain about the proposal? I cannot find it anywhere online and I’d like to submit an “against” submission. The GCCC should not be touching Carey Park for any future development. Its horrifying that they’d consider tear down the 100 year old Bowls Club without any hesitation. I honestly don’t think the GC could sustain another Casino, Packer wasn’t interested so there is more at play than just a Casino. They want that particular site for the views and location without thinking how the infrastructure in the surrounding area would be affected.

I don’t get it , if there is such a need for another casino , then why do these developers need to have the locals land given to them ??? , If Brisbane can only support 1 casino with it’s population of around 5 times that of the Gold Coast how can the Gold Coast support 2 casinos . If we are to get another casino , why would you put it within an easy 5-10 drive of the other one . and in the interest of open gov , why are the other sites being kept a secret , are these sites lest tasteful than Southport ,eg. like the Spit again !!!

Been to las vegas lately? The gold coast is a tourism hub and it will create alot of jobs and attract high rolling gamblers from around the globe. The current casino isnt very big and cannot accommodate in peak periods.
Sydney have bigger clubs then our current casino and they have up to 3 clubs in one suburb full of pokies and electronic roulette, blackjack and other gaming machines, now the economy is far stronger than ours because there creating work !!! I have to go to Sydney for work because people like use have nothing better to do than complain about an industry you know little about?
Yes we have a gambling problem in Australia but these satistics come from lower income earners going down to the local pub and putting there hard earned through the pokies or on the horses not at the casino?