QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier Jackie Trad addressed concerns over the Great Keppel Island redevelopment, the Rockhampton riverbank and Yeppoon foreshore redevelopment proposals and Category D funding post Tropical Cyclone Marcia in Rockhampton this morning. 

Ms Trad said it was incredibly important to understand the whole history of the Great Keppel Island redevelopment.

"The GKI development proposal never ever, ever included a Casino license," Ms Trad said. 

"There is no new casino licenses in Queensland.

"The whole GKI resort development has got all of the approvals from the state government it needs to start being built and I really encourage Tower Holdings to commit to what they promised last year which was that they would build this resort with or without the casino license." 

In regards to Category D funding to help the region rebuild in the aftermath of Marcia, Ms Trad said the state government was willing to contribute 50% of the funding, if the federal government does the same. 

"The Palaszczuk government is very supportive of it. We have reached out to the federal government and said we are willing to support it 50/50 not the traditional 75/25 arrangement because we know how important it is to Central Queensland," she said. 

"We hope that the Abbott government comes back with a favourable response soon."   Read more in tomorrow's edition of The Morning Bulletin.   



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