AN UNEXPECTED ally emerged during question time in State Parliament yesterday when Member for Whitsundays Jason Costigan acknowledged Our Keppel Our Future supporters in the public gallery and offered his full support.

Group spokesman Vanessa Rauluni told The Morning Bulletin they'd had a fantastic day and she was confident a pathway forward would be found to issue Tower Holdings with a boutique gaming licence.

"We're not pro-gambling," she said.

"A casino licence is about securing off-shore finance to start construction.

"It's about our future as a region, employment and tourism."

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga arranged an informal meeting with State Development Minister Anthony Lynham and Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

"They told us our voices are being heard and they would be talking further with the Premier to discuss a pathway to move forward," Ms Rauluni said.

"We'll work with both parties to find new options for a pilot licence or similar... ideally a bipartisan approach where both sides agree that this is good for our community."

The 10-member representative group also met with Tim Nicholls, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Small Business, Employment and Trade, and Shadow Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey who will be in the region over the next few weeks.



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