One Nation Party Supports Addition of Boutique Casino to Great Keppel Island Resort Scheme

Australia’s One Nation Party stated that it will back the addition of a boutique casino to the proposed Great Keppel Island integrated resort project in case it wins majority in the upcoming Queensland State Election.

Earlier this week, party leader Sen. Pauline Hanson, who currently represents Queensland in the Parliament of Australia, met with developer Tower Holdings in Canberra to reiterate their support for the major development that is expected to create thousands of jobs and to increase tourism numbers significantly.

Leaders of the Liberal National Party of Queensland have too pledged their support for Tower Holdings’ project, saying that they will create a system for the granting of a boutique casino license if they win. The next State Election will take place on May 5, 2018.

Parties have been trying to outwit each other to win the marginal Great Keppel Island electorate. As local media reports, Brittany Lauga, who has been representing Keppel in the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the past two years, is currently holding the margin.

Matt Loth has been named the One Nation’s candidate who will compete against Ms. Lauga in the upcoming election. The party believes that their support for the Great Keppel Island redevelopment project would in turn win them support from residents of the island.

Mr. Loth has previously said that a casino license for Tower Holdings’ resort would be of key importance for drawing tourists to the region and securing it with much-needed revitalization. The Labor party is yet to reveal its stance on the boutique casino proposal.

Why Is a Casino License Important for the Whole Great Keppel Island Resort Project?

The proposal for the construction of an integrated resort with a boutique casino first emerged several years ago. Tower Holdings wants to build a complex with a 250-room hotel, 700 villas, 300 apartments, a marina, an airstrip, and a number of food and beverage and entertainment options.

The developer has pointed out that a small-scale, boutique casino with 35 gaming tables is instrumental to the whole scheme as it would secure the necessary financing for the full development. The gaming tables are hoped to attract high roller players from the Asia-Pacific region, who are known for their habits of spending big at casino floors.

Following the recent meeting with Sen. Hanson, Terry Agnew, CEO of the Sydney-based real estate developer behind the Great Keppel Island Resort project, once again pointed out that the addition of a casino license is “a game changer” for the whole plan and that it would facilitate the eventual commencement of construction.

It is believed that the integrated resort project will create 1,500 jobs. Sen. Hanson said after her meeting with Tower Holdings executives that the developer is ready to begin construction as soon as the necessary boutique casino license is issued.

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