Great Keppel Island and its wildlife is unique and must be protected.
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Leaders talk up GKI opportunity to treasurer

CAPRICORN Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll took advantage of State Treasurer Curtis Pitt's visit to Rockhampton yesterday to once again talk about the benefits of the $600 million Great Keppel Island redevelopment.

Ms Carroll took every opportunity with government ministers to talk about the importance of the project.

"At every occasion that I have met with Minister Pitt, I have discussed the importance of Great Keppel Island resort commencing as soon as possible and that anything his government can do to expedite that investment is needed," she said.

"We would be truly positive and hope one of the things they would be considering would be the jobs on GKI which could be created through the gaming license," she said.

When approached for a response to Juanita Weston-Wright, Mr Pitt's office directed The Morning Bulletin to Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham.

"The proposal's prescribed project status was recently extended for two years, which allows the Coordinator-General to step in if approvals are causing unreasonable delay," a spokesperson for Dr Lynham's office said.

"As the Premier told Community Cabinet in Central Queensland in May, there is no casino licence available.

"If one of the existing regional integrated resort development projects should not proceed, government may go back to the market and Tower Holdings would be able to bid like any other proponent."



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