Pokies plan bad news for clubs

A GOLD Coast MP is warning that poker machines planned for Jupiters Casino will hit local clubs' revenue hard.

Gaven MP Alex Douglas has condemned the decision by Gaming Minister Peter Lawlor after the green light was given by the State Government for a $625 million investment in Queensland casinos.

“Minister Lawlor wants to replace the 150 poker-machine reduction from the Gold Coast coastal strip for another 500 in the Jupiters Casino complex, an increase of 330 per cent,” Dr Douglas said.

“Although there are 18 less venues on the Gold Coast with poker machine licences than the previous year, poker machines at Jupiters will be significantly increased. The Minister wants to saturate the coastal strip and hit the clubs' revenue even harder.”

Minister for Gaming Peter Lawlor said the machines would be sourced from existing, unallocated machine licences.

“The machines will be reallocated so there will be no increase overall in poker machines in Queensland,” he said.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the investment would create more jobs in Queensland and boost tourism.

“About 3000 construction jobs will be created over the life of the project, and once fully established, the project will create demand for 1400 jobs,” Mr Fraser said.

“No increase in poker machines, new attractions and accommodation for tourism, and a massive investment to stimulate employment, is a win-win-win for Queensland.”



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