A GROUP of passionate Central Queensland businesses leaders and owners is campaigning to get a boutique gaming licence for Great Keppel Island.
Karla McPhail, CEO of Coal Train and Undamine, said the campaign, which was expected to be launched early this morning, would include social media, billboards and a strong presence at this month's community cabinet.
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It comes in the wake of Friday's announcement that the State Government had rejected Tower Holdings' bid for a casino licence, which the company says is crucial to the GKI Revitalisation Project.
The project had full development approval, zoning approval, community consultations and an approved EIS.
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But Tower Holdings have said they can only make a start on the project with international investment capital, reliant on approval of the boutique gaming licence.
Ms McPhail said the development was "100% critical to our growth" and key to creating jobs and boosting the economy.
She said it was "horrendous" that the State Government had knocked the boutique gaming licence back. "We're looking at making sure we have a really strong presence in the community," she said.
"There's a lot of passion and a lot of people who are really driven around wanting to get (GKI) done for the region"
Ms McPhail said the group was not about attacking personalities or people, but wanted their voices to be heard at a regional and a state level.
"(The meeting is) harnessing a lot of groups and giving them the opportunity to speak as one," she said.