The Queen’s Wharf casino resort broke ground in Brisbane, Queensland, on March 8. Lawmakers in Brisbane had, for months, opposed the casino project proposals. Some lawmakers went as far as publicly rejecting them. One bid, however, finally got the go ahead. The Destination Brisbane Consortium won their bid. This was after they promised to develop the public space before they started on the casino. The project will roughly cost AU$3 billion to complete.
Destination Brisbane Consortium happens to be a collective of the Star Entertainment Group and other two overseas property developers. Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and the Far East Consortium International Limited are the two foreign firms. Along with Star Entertainment, these developers all have a large interest. The partnership could actually mean big things for Queensland.
The Queensland Opposition to Queen’s Wharf
The last casino resort planned for Brisbane included proposals for the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast City. The other bids for Queensland cities actually proposed to replace public facilities and not include plans for improving public spaces. The main plan is to create a ‘global tourism hub’ in Brisbane which will in turn, benefit tourists and residents.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, a Queensland Premier, attended the ground-breaking ceremony that was held last Thursday in Brisbane. Palaszczuk had apparently nixed every other proposal made for a new casino in the state except for this one. According to reports, the Destination Brisbane project was allowed to start clearing the property in late 2016.
Community Benefits from the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Casino
The Brisbane proposal, as mentioned above, would add a lot of public space for residents. This includes 12 acres of space for public use. On top of that, the project will create about 2 000 construction jobs during developments. They are expected to create 8 000 other permanent jobs for residents by 2022. This is when the project is expected to be finished.
Finally, Star Entertainment partnered with Technical and Further Education Queensland. The partnership will see the establishment of the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School. This is where hospitality staff for the six hotels planned will be trained.