Cairns to get $4.2 billion mega-casino

Foreign Investment Review Board green lights a $4.2 billion mega-resort and casino in Cairns.

An artist’s impression of the proposed casino and resort complex

An application to build a $4.2 billion mega-resort and casino in far north Queensland has been approved by The Foreign Investment Review Board.

Aquis, a Chinese owner property developer, has been given the go-ahead to purchase 340 hectares of land at Yorkeys Knob near Cairns.

The development includes nine luxury hotels, an 18-hole golf course, a 25,000 seat stadium and a cultural heritage centre.

Aquis CEO Justin Fung said the company will take full ownership of the land once plans for the project are approved and a casino licence secured. The company has also applied for one of two new regional Queensland casino licences on offer by the state government.

According to a statement released by AAP, “Locals have raised concerns the project won’t withstand a cyclone, will increase problem gambling, may damage the Great Barrier Reef and could hurt the region’s nature-based tourism industry.

“Those in favour of the resort say it will bring much-needed jobs to the region and boost tourism.

“Aquis owner Hong Kong-based billionaire Tony Fung has said the resort would rival great man-made structures seen in Dubai and Singapore and would attract big spenders from China.”

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