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Gold Coast casino could create thousands of jobs in Queensland

The construction of a multimillion-dollar integrated casino resort on the Gold Coast looks set to go ahead, following the announcement that a site for the project has been decided.

Queensland Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the state government and operator ASF Consortium agreed the initiative could be built on a five-hectare plot of land between the Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-operative and Sea World.

Dr Lynham confirmed thousands of construction jobs in Queensland would be created during the casino resort’s development, as well as thousands of other long-term roles once completed.

Traineeships in Queensland may also receive a boost, with the state government confirming ASF Consortium would be setting up a training facility as part of the project.

“This news can only add to the rising level of activity and excitement on the Gold Coast as it ramps up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the influx of visitors and global exposure it will bring,” Dr Lynham explained. “I know that the Gold Coast has been waiting on this news, but it’s been important to get this right.”

The site where the casino will be built is part of a plot of land the government specifically freed up for the construction of an integrated casino in 2013.

Casinos take centre stage in QLD

The Gold Coast announcement comes just weeks after the developer for a multibillion-dollar casino resort at Queen’s Wharf was unveiled. An Echo Entertainment-led group of companies, the Destination Brisbane Consortium, landed the project, which is thought to be worth approximately $2 billion.

According to the Queensland government, the Brisbane CBD scheme will create more than 11,000 jobs in Queensland, as well as opportunities for traineeships in the capital.

Commenting on the Gold Coast casino, Dr Lynham said ministers appreciate ASF Consortium’s commitment to the state. He added that he was looking forward to the organisation’s plans for the area.

“ASF Consortium is the sole proponent for the integrated resort development process and we’ve been working hard to keep this process moving for the jobs and economic boost it will bring the coast,” the minister added.

The consortium must now provide the government with a master plan proposal for the casino, which will outline what amenities are due to feature at the complex. The document is scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year, with similar projects often including hotels, retail outlets, bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces.

By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator

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