The state government stopped a push from the Queensland Green to publicly vote on the upcoming Queen’s Wharf casino.
Australia.- The Queensland government stopped the latest attempts made by Queensland Green to hold a referendum regarding the construction of the US$3 billion casino. The officials said that the referendum is too expensive and that there’s no need to make another public voting.
As reported by the Brisbane Times, Greens candidate for Brisbane Central Kirsten Lovejoy said: “Our message to Labor and the LNP is this: What are you afraid of? If you think the people of Brisbane want to privatise 10 per cent of the CBD for a casino then put it to a vote.” A government spokesman talked about the subject and said that the project has been subject to comprehensive community consultation and work on the site is underway. The Queensland Green party believes that the system favors big corporations.
Real estate agent Peter Bonenti proposed a new location for the US$3 billion resort earlier this month because he believes that the developer is set to meet challenges regarding the current location of the venue. Bonenti said that the infrastructure that the developer needs to build the casino could cost hundreds of millions of dollars because the current regulations in the Gold Coast establish that buildings higher than three floors are prohibited, therefore they would need a special permission to build the casino. The agent said that ASF Consortium could save money if the location gets changed to the Broadwater Tourist Park, which is owned by the city council and Queensland government.