Hundreds turn out to rally for GKI development

Aerial shot of Great Keppel Island (GKI) rally. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Aerial shot of Great Keppel Island (GKI) rally. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

HUNDREDS made their way to Great Keppel Island this morning to show support for Our Keppel Our Future's ongoing campaign to secure a boutique gaming license for the revitalisation project.

Our Keppel Our Future director Karla McPhail said she was "absolutely" pleased with the number of people who attended the rally.

"We've had a great turn out, both on the water and on the beach," she said.

"I think it's been a real sign of how much the region supports this initiative."

"As a group, we really would love to see the resort developed.

"For us, the boutique gaming license is a very small part of an amazing resort that would really contribute to an incredible tourism boost to our region, an economic boost and all of the secondary boosts for our children and generations coming along.

"Even though the BGL isn't a big thing, it is the number one trigger which will determine whether or not this goes ahead."

Local politicians joined the rally, emphasising the value of the project for the wider community.

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said she hadn't wavered in her support for the project.

"I have supported the granting of a boutique gaming license since even before I was elected, so I'm maintaining my position by showing my support today," she said.

"What everyone here agrees on is that we want to see the Great Keppel Island Redevelopment Plan go ahead."

Ms Lauga said local businesses had been doing it tough, but the island was "well and truly open for business".

"We know the redevelopment will bring great economic benefits, but also benefits to our community, to our small businesses and to tourism in this region," she said.

This sentiment was echoed by Rockhampton-based LNP Senator Matthew Canavan and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry who both said the region as a whole would benefit from increased tourism to the island.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said Great Keppel Island could be the "jewel in the crown" of the region and feature on a state, national and international level.

Rockhampton Councillors Neil Fisher and Rose Swadling also attended the rally to show their support for the project, saying it would benefit Rockhampton as well as the Capricorn Coast. 

Topics:  gki; boutique casino license; tower holdings great keppel isalnd

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