Multibillion-dollar resort approvals edge closer

Multibillion-dollar resort approvals edge closer

Posted on Wednesday, May 28 2014 at 10:21 AM

Queenslanders are a step closer to enjoying two new six star regional integrated resorts.

The State Government yesterday selected the proposed
$8.15 billion Aquis project in Cairns and the proposed $7.5 billion Broadwater
Marine Project on the Gold Coast as two projects able to proceed to the next
stage of development.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State
Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney says the two projects
would be able to receive gaming licences if they proceeded and met all the
necessary environmental, planning and gaming licencing approvals.

“We promised to grow the construction and
tourism sectors of the Queensland economy and today’s announcement paves the
way for this to happen on a scale not previously seen in our State,” Seeney says.

“In October last year the Queensland Government
decided that up to two gaming licences would be offered to encourage the
provision of world-class integrated resorts in regional Queensland.

“(The government) has identified that these
projects have the greatest capacity to deliver the requirements for an
integrated resort development in the regions, particularly the potential to
attract interstate and international tourists as both these centres have
international airports.”

According to the state government, the projects
have the potential to create thousands of new jobs in the two key tourism
centres, with Aquis indicating its project could create more than 3700
construction jobs and more than 10,000 ongoing operational jobs.

“The ASF Consortium has indicated its Broadwater
integrated resort and cruise ship terminal could create 1300 construction jobs
and more than 10,000 ongoing operational jobs,” he says.

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