Seeney has two more casino licences up for grabs

THE race to integrate casinos into tourism resorts in regional Queensland is expected to be competitive with seven to 10 proposals on the table before Thursday's launch.

Acting premier Jeff Seeney said those proposals were already submitted to the Queensland Government before they decided to grant three casino licences, one in Brisbane and two in regional areas.

"That led us to the conclusion that to be internationally competitive in the tourism market we had to make gaming licences available to these types of integrated resort developments," he said.

"For regional Queensland, there's been a number of operators, who are developing resort proposals, from different parts of the world and they are certainly interested in increasing the attractiveness of their proposals by accessing a gaming licence.

"There's no doubt one of those integrated resort developments will be here on this site (in Brisbane) and a casino licence made available to the successful proponent.

"Where the other two gaming licences are made available will depend very much on the proposals that are put forward.

"It is about judging those proposals and determining whether or not they meet the material we built around the definition of an integrated resort development."

Mr Seeney said the ability to deliver against tight timeframes would be foremost among the criteria but it also was important the resort have six-star hotels, high-end retail, restaurant and entertainment zones and conference facilities that would draw tourists.

He said the process and expectations meant construction would be sequenced so it could be 10 to 20 years before everything was finished.

Potential developers can register from today at the Queensland Government's eTender website for the regional casino resorts and for Brisbane's Queen's Wharf development.

They can lodge expressions of interest until March 31, 2014.

Former Queensland auditor-general Len Scanlan has been appointed probity adviser to oversee the process.



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