Queensland is set for a tourism and construction boost, with strong competition to create up to three integrated resort developments in metropolitan and regional Queensland.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said interested proponents have until 28 February to register their interest in securing licences to establish integrated resort developments with associated gaming licences.
“The Newman Government promised to revitalise the tourism and construction pillars of the Queensland economy, and these major resort developments will help deliver on that commitment,” Mr Seeney said.
“We are seeking top-notch, internationally competitive projects that will deliver strong economic and community benefits in the areas in which they’re located.
“We are setting the bar high for the consortiums expressing interest in these licences. We want real investors, with real time frames and real benefits for the people of Queensland.
“The State expects nothing less than world-class, landmark integrated resort developments that put Queensland and Brisbane on the world stage as an international tourism destination.”
Mr Seeney said while a resort and gaming licence has been reserved for the successful developer of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the location of the other two potential integrated resorts has not been prescribed.
“The developments will be a key provider of tourism infrastructure, including hotels, restaurants and conference facilities that can support major events and raise Queensland’s profile as a tourism destination,” he said.
“My Department has now received 16 registrations of interest in the Queens Wharf and regional Integrated Resort Development process, and more are expected before registrations close.
“A proponents briefing this week in Brisbane attracted 56 representatives of interested parties, a clear demonstration that many share the Newman Government’s vision.”
Successful EOI proponents in the integrated resort development process will be asked to provide detailed proposals by late 2014, with a view to the announcement of successful proponents in early 2015.
More information on the IRD process at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/integratedresorts