Plans for a new Gold Coast casino resort are facing some serious opposition from residents. Recently, Southport citizens held a rally against a location in their suburb. The proposed integrated casino resort was announced by Tom Tate, Gold Coast mayor. However, the planned portion of land is already home to the Southport Tennis and Bowls clubs, as well as Carey Park.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her administration will need to consider Mayor Tate’s proposal. However, it’s not looking good for ASF Consortium, the operator approved for a casino resort. This will be the second proposal under fire after another location in the Southport Spit was rejected.
Gold Coast Casino Plans
The first location considered in the Southport Spit would have been next to the Sea World Marine animal park. Queensland officials rejected the idea, claiming it would impact the ‘integrity of the area.’ More so, similar concerns surround Tate’s proposal for the potential Southport site. The rally gathered more than 300 Southport tenants who asked for a portion of the state-owned land to be spared.
They argued that the Bowls Club has been a popular gathering place or over a century. Additionally, some of Australia’s best tennis players practised at the Southport Tennis Club. The park land is also a concern for residents, because it is a public space and they feel it should stay as it is.
Further Opposition in Gold Coast
Harry Triguboff, one of the richest real estate developers in Australia, has also voiced his concerns. As a member of the Southport Bowls Club, he told the press that Gold Coast doesn’t need another land-based casino. One of his properties, the Meriton Sundale apartment complex is right next to the site.
However, Mr Triguboff also stated that he would support other developments that would benefit Southport residents. In 2014, he also donated a large sum of money to keep the Bowls club from closing down. It’s unclear at this point whether or not the proposal will be approved by the Queensland Premier. Palaszczuk has been against the idea of another Queensland resort since proposals were put forward earlier in 2017.