No casino coming to the Sunshine Coast, the State Government says.
No casino coming to the Sunshine Coast, the State Government says. Kerry Thomas

No casino win for the Coast

THE Sunshine Coast will not be home to one of three new casino licences to be granted in Queensland.

The State Government released a shortlist of bids for the licences yesterday with Cairns, two Whitsunday locations near Airlie Beach south of Proserpine, and Nerang and the Broadwater on the Gold Coast all in the running.

Six separate companies are shortlisted to redevelop the Queen's Wharf precinct in Brisbane.

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Jeff Seeney said the developments would be drawcards for international and domestic visitors and provide thousands of jobs.

"Twelve consortia have now officially submitted expressions of interest to develop up to three new integrated resorts across the state, one at Queen's Wharf in Brisbane's CBD and up to two in regional centres of Queensland," Mr Seeney said.

Are you sad to see the Sunshine Coast miss out on a casino licence?

This poll ended on 04 April 2014.

Current Results

Yes. It would have been a great for the locals

10%

Yes. It would have been perfect for tourism.

33%

No. We don't need a casino here.

43%

No. I'm fine with the ones in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"This is the next crucial stage in the Queensland Government's plan to create world-class resorts that will revitalise the tourism and construction sectors of the economy."

Mr Seeney said the list of development consortia released yesterday would be refined further later this year when the process entered the request for detailed proposals stage.

"Under the close eye of probity adviser Len Scanlan, my department will now consider the EOI applicants announced today to prepare a final shortlist by the middle of this year," he said.

"That is when we will ask shortlisted applicants to begin preparing fully fledged proposals for submission by late 2014."


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