The controversial new plan for the construction of an integrated resort on the Gold Coast faces stronger and growing opposition as city residents rally in Australia’s Southport suburb this morning.
Protesters recently called for the Queensland government to scrap the plan, proposed by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. Under the proposal, the China-backed investor group ASF consortium will be allowed to build billions of casino resorts in the Southport area currently occupied by Southport Balls Club, Southport Tennis Club and Carrie Park. If it is approved, the facilities will be relocated and the park will be swallowed up by the new luxury development.
Now whether Mayor Tate’s proposal deserves more consideration is up to Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszk’s administration. It was in early August that the Queensland government suspended other casino resort projects that the ASF consortium would not have undertaken. Under the previous plan, the group of investors would have built an A$3 billion Gold Coast integrated resort on a site located in Southport Spit, right next to the Sea World Marine Animal Park. 파칭코
The proposed location was one of the reasons the project was cancelled. Queensland officials explained in August that this type of casino resort may have affected the integrity of the area.
Opponents of the Tate market’s new proposal voiced the same concern regarding the property’s new potential location.
According to local news outlet Gold Coast breaking news, more than 300 angry Southport residents gathered at today’s rally to ask that some of the state land discussed be not redeveloped as an integrated resort. Protesters pointed out that the Southport Balls Club has now been a favorite gathering place for residents of the region for more than a century, with some of Australia’s biggest tennis stars coming from the Southport Tennis Club.