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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Strong interest in creating world-class resorts

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    Strong interest in creating world-class resorts

    The Queensland Government’s commitment to develop up to three new Integrated Resort Developments in Queensland entered another exciting phase today, with the interested parties named.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said it showed the Government was delivering on its election promise to grow the tourism and construction sectors.

    “We are committed to establishing high quality integrated developments that will be draw cards for both international and domestic visitors and provide employment for thousands of Queenslanders,” Mr Seeney said.

    “Twelve consortia have now officially submitted Expressions of Interest to develop up to three new Integrated Resorts across the State, one at Queen's Wharf in Brisbane’s CBD and up to two in regional centres of Queensland.

    “This is the next crucial stage in the Queensland Government’s plan to create world-class resorts that will revitalise the tourism and construction sectors of the economy that were left to languish under Labor.

    “It’s pleasing to see both national and international consortia officially register their Expressions of Interest by the March 31 deadline and I look forward to viewing fully-fledged proposals from some of these groups by the end of this year.

    “It’s important to understand that the Government is seeking truly world-class proposals that meet the state’s objectives and requirements for Integrated Resort Developments.

    "Despite their enthusiasm, not all of the proponents listed today will receive a licence.”

    Mr Seeney said the list of development consortia released today will be further refined later this year when the process enters the Request for Detailed Proposals stage.

    “Under the close eye of Probity Adviser Len Scanlan, my Department will now consider the EOI applicants announced today to prepare a final short-list by the middle of this year,” he said.

    “That is when we will ask short-listed applicants to begin preparing fully-fledged proposals for submission by late 2014.

    “The final stage of contract negotiations is expected to run into early next year with a decision on who will receive licences expected by mid-2015.

    “While this process has a way to run yet, it’s clear many share the Queensland Government’s vision to create resort facilities that will provide a significant boost the State’s economy now and well into the future.”

    The following parties have submitted formal Expressions of Interest to develop Integrated Resort Developments with associated gaming licences in Queensland:

    Queens Wharf Brisbane

    1. Crown Resorts Ltd

    2. Echo Entertainment Group Ltd

    3. Far East Consortium/Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd (joint venture)

    4. Lend Lease

    5. SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd

    6. Greenland Investment Pty Ltd 

    Regional Queensland  

    1. Aquis at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd - Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns

    2. China-Australia Entrepreneurs Consortium Pty Ltd - Airlie Beach

    3. Fullshare International (Australia) Pty Ltd - 26 kilometres south of Proserpine

    4. GKI Resort Pty Ltd - Great Keppel Island

    5. Eastern Success Group Pty Ltd – Nerang, Gold Coast

    6. ASF Consortium Pty Ltd - Broadwater, Gold Coast

    Further information on the Queensland Government’s Integrated Resort Development process, including evaluation criteria is available at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/integratedresorts

    [ENDS] 1 April 2014

    Media Contact: Jane Paterson 0417 281 754 or Elizabeth Spry 0418 928 744