THE BID for a second casino licence for the Gold Coast is continuing to gather steam, with revelations a major US-based global consortium has signed on.
Hard Rock International, the company behind the successful Hard Rock Cafe brand and Las Vegas casino, is keen to secure the licence, if it gets the green light from the Queensland Government.
A decision is expected to be made by the end of the year.
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There are fresh suggestions, the casino could be built at Evandale, but Mayor Tom Tate has poured cold water on that idea, describing it as ‘unrealistic’.
“We have a 10 year master plan for HOTA and nothing will change there,” Cr Tate said.
“I like Southport as a location given the transport investment has already been made there, and we have a Priority Development Approval system in place. The consortium mentions the Carey Park area at Southport.”
But, the Mayor was excited to hear that Hard Rock International had thrown their weight behind the $2 billion plan.
“This is a State led project,” he explained. “As it stands, the first hurdle for any proponent will be to win State approval when they issue a global expression of interest later this year.
“But news that such an iconic global casino operator like Hard Rock has its eyes set on our city is a huge vote of confidence in our future.”
The news follows confirmation that the State Government has approved a fourth tower to be built by Star at its casino precinct in Broadbeach.