GKI one of six vying for casino licence in regional Qld

gki03a Tower Holdings Chairman and CEO Terry Agnew on Great Keppel Island. MEGAN LEWIS ml03/0909/1
gki03a Tower Holdings Chairman and CEO Terry Agnew on Great Keppel Island. MEGAN LEWIS ml03/0909/1

GKI RESORT has been named as one of six parties wanting a casino in regional Queensland, but it will be mid-2015 before successful bids are announced.

A list of interested parties for up to three Integrated Resort Developments in the state was today released by the Queensland Government.

Six formal Expressions of Interest were submitted for the Queens Wharf in Brisbane and six were submitted for two spots in regional Queensland.

"It's important to understand that the Government is seeking truly world-class proposals that meet the state's objectives and requirements for Integrated Resort Developments," Deputy Premier and State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney said.

"Despite their enthusiasm, not all of the proponents listed today will receive a licence."

Mr Seeney said the list of development consortia released today will be further refined later this year when the process enters the Request for Detailed Proposals stage. 

Mr Seeney said his department will now consider the EOI applicants to prepare a final short-list by the middle of this year.

"That is when we will ask short-listed applicants to being preparing fully-fledged proposals for submission by late 2014.

"The final stage of contract negotiations is expected to run into early next year with a decision on who will receive licences expected by mid-2015."

Where would you like to see a casino in regional Queensland?

This poll ended on 25 April 2014.

Aquis, Yorkys Knob, north of Cairns - 8%

Airlie Beach (China- Australia Entrepreneurs Consortium Pty Ltd) - 8%

South of Proserpine (Fullshare International proposal is 26kms south of Proserpine) - 8%

Great Keppel Island - 46%

Nergang, Gold Coast (Eastern Success Pty Ltd) - 0%

Broadwater, Gold Coast, (ASF Consortium) - 6%

Say No to Casinos - gambling is evil - 21%

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

Topics:  casino state government

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