Statement: Langbroek voices concerns about Labor’s plan to give Star Casino exclusivity for 30 years

7 Jan 2020 10:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

35 years ago, in November 1985, the Jupiters’ Casino (now Star) was opened after being planned and delivered by the LNP (National Party).

It has been amongst the Gold Coast’s largest employers, and is a valuable, vital, and intrinsic part of the Gold Coast’s tourism offering, providing thousands of jobs, world class entertainment, and a first-class tourism offering.

 

The private company operators have had 35 years of exclusive operation as the only Gold Coast casino since 1985.

 

Since 2015, the Brisbane Labor Party of Annastacia Palaszczuk has stymied, delayed and cancelled any similar Gold Coast developments.

 

This has cost Gold Coast locals thousands of construction and ongoing jobs. In addition, it has cost all of us who are Queensland taxpayers millions of dollars in compensation to proponents who were progressing their plans and who had to be compensated after Labor changed the rules time after time.

 

It has also harmed the Gold Coast’s reputation as a good place to do business in our traditional strength areas of development, retail and tourism.

 

Not content with their tawdry past record, now Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane Labor is proposing a 30-year extension for Star, so that no similar developments could be progressed for over 7 parliamentary terms of government.

 

That is the next half of our life of our history as a City!

 

In 2019, we celebrated 60 years as a City. Look how much our Gold Coast has changed since 1959.

 

The Gold Coast deserves an extension to the Broadbeach Convention Centre, but the $100 million dollar cost to do so shouldn’t be swapped for giving away the next 30 years for any prospective casino developments simply because Labor can’t manage money.

 

Labor has given Queenslanders a 92,000,000,000 (billion) dollar debt. They have run out of ideas, and clearly don’t understand the Gold Coast.

 

With apologies to AC/DC, it would be ‘A Dirty Deal, Done Dirt Cheap’.

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