Tourism Minister insists no more pokies on the Gold Coast

The State Government is rejecting Opposition claims it will have to break a promise not to increase poker machine numbers on the Gold Coast for a second casino.

It comes amid reports the State Government has been sounding out Gold Coast pubs and clubs about offloading their pokies for the Global Tourism Hub.

A GTH would need around 1600 machines to make it viable, with LNP Leader Deb Frecklington predicting the Government would have to go back on its word.


But Tourism Minister Kate Jones insists it won’t happen.

“This is about the long term sustainability of our clubs and also ensuring that we’re providing world class tourism options on the Gold Coast,” Ms Jones said.

“Deb Frecklington wanted to put a casino on the Spit with up to 2500 pokies, she’s got to stop playing games with the tourism industry on the Gold Coast.”

Ms Jones says the LNP is just playing nasty politics.

“We have said very clearly that we do not want to see an increase in poker machines on the Gold Coast and we are standing by that commitment.

“We’ve said very clearly we’ll work very carefully with clubs and pubs on the Gold Coast and we’ll stand by our commitment to not see a net increase.”

Clubs have previously ruled out selling their own machines to a GTH, arguing they would struggle to survive without them.