It seems that although the fight against problem gambling has a lot of support - the opponents we face have more experience and worst of all, they really know how to Packer punch.
James' $3 Billion Southport Spit Casino Bid
Neither Mr Packer's company, Crown Resorts, or the ASF Consortia – which in August 2015 received the right from Queensland State Development to develop a submission on five hectares next to Sea World – would provide any confirmation or information on Monday.
The Proposed casino itself looks pretty strange too come to think of it ;)
"No Final Decision Has Been Made"
Since both Crown Resorts and the ASF consortium refused to comment or provide absolute confirmation it left both State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk making vague assurances that "no final decision had been made" and promising community consultation.
However, neither would provide any details or discuss a "master plan" coming before Queensland cabinet before Christmas, nor could they flat out deny that work would start by March 2017.
If that isn't an admission of guilt then quite frankly I don't know what is!
The Casino Plans That Spit All Over Southport's Residents
The fact that Southport Spit has a three storey ceiling limit will certainly test the waters - although plans for a twin 44 storey tower at Mariner Cove will soon test this limit.
Conservationists argued this would set a precedent for a new era of development on the Southport Spit.
Ms Palaszczuk and Dr Lynham on Monday both rejected the media report that they and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad had last week "signed off' on a $3 billion casino on the Spit.
Residents are Spitting (Casino) Chips
Gold Coast Hinterland and Environment Council president Lois Levy said she simply did not believe the plan has the support of the State Government following reports they did.
She said the organisation would fight against any development higher than three storeys on The Spit and would begin lobbying councillors today.
“I don’t believe it’s true,” Ms Levy said.
“There’s not enough detail, I think this information has been put out to influence councillors.
“Gecko will be writing to all councillors advising them on our stance,” she said.
Save Our Spit president Steven Gration said he was convinced the plans were not true.
“We have spoken in detail to the government officials we have been consulting with over the past twelve months,” Mr Gration said.
Full story: Gold Coast Bulletin
Meanwhile the other Crown he owns has a small thorn in its side in the form of Shonica Guy and a class action that pits the people against Crown Casino and Aristocrat - the biggest manufacturer of pokies in Australia. This is going to be a massive uphill battle and we here at Weebly are 100% in support of Shonica, the Alliance for Gambling reform and anyone who fights for a better Australia
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