Fri, May 19, 8:40am by Staff Writer
A second casino on the Gold Coast seems further away than ever, after a poll found over 70 per cent of local residents objected to large scale development of a proposed site on The Spit.
The ASF proposal to build the $3 billion project is still before the state government for approval, but Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has taken up the case against the casino, tapping into widespread public concern.
A poll conducted by REACHTel on behalf of the anti-development group Save Our Broadwater found 70 per cent of the 1000 people opposed giving up public land for a casino development.
The issue has become quite political, and premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised that she will consult closely with residents before making a final decision.
“As I have said publicly, there are also large tracts of land there that I believe should be preserved forevermore as parkland for not just the people of the Gold Coast but also for tourists who love going down to the end of The Spit area,” she said in response to a question from Mr Dickson during question time.
“I have been down there myself and used to go down there as a young child with my family as well. In relation to your question, we are going through due process.”
“Fundamentally, I have made it very clear that I will listen to what the community has to say in relation to this project,” she said.
One Nation are using the campaign to build political cache on the Gold Coast, where a recent poll revealed the far-right party, spearheaded by federal Senator Pauline Hanson, has 18.5 per cent support in the region.
“The people have spoken. I know that One Nation is listening. We have made a commitment to call it in given the opportunity to do so in the future,” Mr Dickson said.
Probity into the casino project is yet to begin but a decision from Palaszczuk Government on the resort is unlikely before this year’s state election.
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