LEADING FORCE: Karla Way-McPhail from Coal Train spearheading a campaign to get a Boutique Gaming License for GKI. INSET: A strong crowd turned out to support the movement.
LEADING FORCE: Karla Way-McPhail from Coal Train spearheading a campaign to get a Boutique Gaming License for GKI. INSET: A strong crowd turned out to support the movement. Chris Ison Rokcgki

$40K boost for Great Keppel Island casino campaign

OUR Keppel, our future.

It was the message heard loud and clear by close to 150 passionate Central Queensland residents who attended the launch of a community campaign for a boutique gaming licence for Great Keppel Island yesterday morning.

And Yeppoon businesswoman Karla McPhail plans on spreading the message to every corner of Queensland.

With almost $40,000 of donations already pledged to the cause, Ms McPhail said plans were in motion for a huge campaign.


"We have a brochure in next Wednesday's The Morning Bulletin and The Capricorn Coast Mirror to give everyone an understanding of what we are doing," Ms McPhail said.

"We have billboards going up along the Yeppoon/Rockhampton Rd and at every entrance to Rockhampton by Friday.

"We have 800 corflutes (signs) going up in shop windows and we have people going to the community cabinet meetings.

"We also have a very significant email campaign where we are encouraging everyone to send letters to Queensland politicians."

What would you like to see on Great Keppel Island?

This poll ended on 08 May 2015.

Current Results

A new resort (no casino)

25%

A new resort with casino

64%

No more developments

9%

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

Ms McPhail said it was time the government stopped by-passing Central Queensland and yesterday's meeting was the first step in a huge campaign for the future of Central Queensland.

"The meeting was absolutely brilliants, we are really pleased with how it went and with the group," she said.

"There were about 100-150 people at the meeting and it was a really positive atmosphere.

"Everyone was very passionate and our message was very clear. And that message is that we want a boutique gaming licence for Great Keppel Island.

"Two businesses made donations of $10,000 on the spot and we raised almost $40,000 in one day."

LEADING FORCE: Karla Way-McPhail from Coal Train spearheading a campaign to get a Boutique Gaming License for GKI. INSET: A strong crowd turned out to support the movement.
LEADING FORCE: Karla Way-McPhail from Coal Train spearheading a campaign to get a Boutique Gaming License for GKI. INSET: A strong crowd turned out to support the movement. Chris Ison Rokcgki

Following news Hong Kong gaming tycoon, billionaire Tony Fung has purchased the Gold Coast's Sheraton Mirage and plans to turn it into a luxury casino resort, Ms McPhail said she had no ill-feelings towards the southern development.

"I think it's great. We need to attract tourism to the whole of Queensland," she said.

"We're very supportive of it. We don't want to region at the detriment of others. They're talking about a big casino licence while all we want is a small, boutique casino licence."

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry yesterday told The Morning Bulletin she had spoken to her colleagues about the boutique casino licence for Great Keppel Island.

"I will continue to lobby for GKI and will be making some speeches in parliament," Ms Landry said.

"It's fantastic to see Karla McPhail and the business community get behind this."



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