EDITORIAL: The Bully takes a stand on Great Keppel Island
THERE has been some criticism of The Morning Bulletin's support for the Our Keppel Our Future campaign.
I understand your concerns as there are many people who don't want a casino in our region.
But there are many that do because they want to see a 1500-job project progress.
Let me explain further.
The main thrust of our reporting to date has been to urge the Queensland government to listen to the Our Keppel Our Future supporters and the local leaders as they put their case for a boutique casino on Great Keppel Island to advance the prospects for funding the already-approved Towers Holding re-redevelopment.
This issue started when Brittany Lauga listed a gaming licence for GKI as one of her top priorities during the Keppel election campaign.
She was elected.
But when she followed through on her election promise she was stonewalled by a few of the heavy hitters in the Labor cabinet.
But this only galvanised the supporters of the GKI project.
When we saw the extent of local political, business and community support behind the proposal it was a natural step for this newspaper to back a united voice.
Ours is not a 'let's do this, come hell or high water' approach but more of a let's demand the government listens to the people and explore all the reasonable options for this proposal.
So we kept asking the government to give a detailed explanation to stakeholders but the responses were short on detail and evasive
That's what we had up until last week's community cabinet, a State Government that had refused to even consider discussing the possibility of a casino licence despite the broad community and political support behind it.
When a newspaper looks at that groundswell from the rank and file, we give it high regard.
These people desperately want the resort to go ahead and if a casino licence is the way forward, they are asking for that option to be given a chance.
These people need the GKI project so the coast and region will prosper and struggling businesses won't close and more jobs are lost.
Personally I'm not a fan of casinos or poker machines for that matter. That's my opinion.
So let's be clear. This is about a newspaper doing its job and listening to its local representatives and a community voice as they ask for support.
We'll play our role in that process, warts and all.