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Will the Greens run a campaigain against the Labor Government to STOP AQUIS——–Stop Development Approval for the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Mega-Casino at Yorkeys Knob, Cairns | CommunityRun

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STOP DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL FOR THE AQUIS GREAT BARRIER REEF MEGA-CASINO AT YORKEYS KNOB, CAIRNS

TO: PREMIER CAMPBELL NEWMAN AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND PLANNING

Stop Development Approval for the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Mega-Casino at Yorkeys Knob, Cairns
2,100 
of 3,000 signatures


Campaign created by Kate O’Callaghan Icon-email


Dear Premier and Deputy Premier,

We, the undersigned, are asking that you do not approve the Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Project, which was declared a Coordinated Project by the Queensland Government on August 1st 2013.

The potential social and environmental impacts of this mega-development raises serious questions.

Cairns already has a high number of problem gamblers, and it seems both unwise and socially damaging to open another casino, especially one on this unprecedented scale. There are a number of environmental issues which have not adequately been addressed. Of most concern is the speed with which the development has been pushed through the proper approval process, being declared a Coordinated Project a mere six days after the initial application was submitted to your government.

For a $8.15 billion dollar development, in the vicinity of three environmentally protected areas, this is alarmingly fast.

We appreciate the need to boost the economy of Far North Queensland and to create employment in Cairns during these economically challenging times. However, gambling is not a dependable source of state revenue. Any income generated is dependent on the success of the economies of the Asian tourists you are trying to attract. Building a state dependent on casino revenue is not a sound approach to sustainable economic development.

Cairns should be moving to diversify away from tourism to other industries, not increase its dependence on it. Cairns Chamber of Commerce listed diversification as one of their top 5 federal election priorities in 2013. Turning the city into a flashy gambling hub has the potential to discourage the huge numbers of tourists who already flock to Cairns for the natural, not man made, wonders of the Reef and the Daintree.

We ask that you do not approve this development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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