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Say No to a Second Casino, Say No to Another Pokies Venue

o   The Palaszczuk ALP Government in Queensland is running a global “expressions of interest” process for a new casino “tourism hub” on the Gold Coast.

o   This would mean two casinos on the Gold Coast, Australia’s premier family beachside holiday destination in a city of only 600,000 residents. It would mean the sixth casino gaming licence in the State of Queensland.

o   The State Government refuses to publish a secret list of 11 prime public and private sites that it is considering for the new casino.

o   The State Government is also refusing to reveal how many poker machine licences the second casino will be permitted.

o   Carey Park, opposite the Broadwater Parklands in Southport, is on the list of potential sites. It’s one of the Gold Coast’s most popular family parks and children’s playgrounds, and within walking distance of many local schools.

It seems the Queensland Premier and Gold Coast Mayor are happy to normalise gambling in the minds of Gold Coast children, families and visitors and to encourage the many potential social issues that more pokies would bring.

The Gold Coast already has a saturation level of pokies per 1000 adults that is three times higher than in Victoria and 40% higher than in Sydney.

o   This is the third attempt by successive LNP and ALP State Governments over the past six years to offer a new casino licence on the Gold Coast without ever consulting the local community or establishing a social licence to do so.

o   The last casino attempt cost taxpayers $9 million in compensation paid by the State Government to the ASF China Casino consortium when its proposal was abandoned by government. Yet in this latest attempt ASF is being invited to apply again – in fact, the government has offered to fast-track ASF’s application.

o   Numerous independent polls have been conducted and petitions published in recent years and the community has repeatedly made it clear that the Gold Coast does not want or need, a second casino.

o   The Queensland Government is attempting to portray another casino as a ‘tourism’ outcome – yet the most recent Tourism Australia research reveals Australian beaches, wildlife, and National Parks are of the highest appeal to international tourists - not casinos.

We call on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Queensland Labor Government, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and the City of Gold Coast Council to STOP A SECOND CASINO ON THE GOLD COAST.