Great Keppel Island LNP Members Lobby for Casino License

The Keppel branch of Queensland’s Liberal National Party is lobbying for a casino license to be awarded to a major integrated resort development on the Great Keppel Island.

During the LNP Queensland convention, which is to be held on July 10-12, the party’s Keppel branch would put forward a proposal for the adoption of a certain policy that if approved, would ensure casino licenses would be granted based on business cases. In other words, Keppel party members call for officials to review the potential benefits from casino applications rather than to base their decision on how many licenses should be awarded.

Developer Tower Holdings proposed the construction of a mutimillion-dollar eco-luxury resort on the Great Keppel Island. According to initial plans, the property would feature a 250-room hotel, 300 apartments, 700 villas, an airstrip, a marina, etc. The developer also applied for a casino license but its bit was rejected by the former Queensland government. Tower Holdings explained that it did not want a fully-fledged casino, but rather a boutique one that would feature as many as 35 gaming tables. Furthermore, it hoped that it would attract more foreign developers by launching a gambling facility at its resort.

Earlier this year, the new Queensland government, led by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, was requested to reconsider Tiger Holdings’ application for a casino license. However, state officials announced in May that the developer would not be permitted to run the proposed gaming facility. Since then, proponents of the project have been lobbying for the developer to be granted the casino license.

They claim that it is of great importance for the Great Keppel Island to have the resort completed, as a lot of new jobs would be created. However, Tiger Holdings has repeatedly pointed out without the boutique casino the property might never get launched.

Commenting on the multimillion-dollar project, Premier Palaszczuk said that her government wants the Great Keppel Island resort established, due to the fact that such a major development would most definitely benefit not only the island but also the state as a whole.

However, it seems that state officials are not planning to grant a third casino license or at least not for now. The ASF consortium with its project for a A$7-billion integrated casino resort on the Wavebreak Island and Tony Fung’s Aquis, which is to launch a A$8-billion hotel and casino property, are the two Queensland casino licensees.

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