We don’t want Brisbane’s defining landmark to be a mega-casino
Queens Wharf is set to be the single biggest private development in Brisbane's History. The Queensland Government is handing over 13 hectares of inner-city, publicly owned land to the private developers, Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC).
Destination Brisbane Consortium, a consortium of multinational development and gambling corporations, intends to use this inner-city riverfront land to build 2000 apartments, 1100 hotel rooms and a massive new casino gaming room (with 2500 poker machines).
It will take up some 7% of our entire CBD, encompassing all the land between George Street and the Brisbane River stretching from QUT to the Queen Street Mall.
The Queen's Wharf Mega Casino is class warfare and inter-generational theft on an enormous scale. Queenslanders will lose millions of dollars to 2500 pokie machines designed to extract maximum value from problem gamblers who are statistically more likely to be from working class backgrounds. Meanwhile the State Government has willfully handed over approximately 13 hectares of some of the most valuable inner-city land in Brisbane - essentially privatizing what should be ours and future generations’ public assets. Instead of a casino we could be building well designed, public housing, more usable public greenspace or a science and innovation precinct - or going one step better and giving Brisbane residents a genuine say in what we use this space for.
We can still stop this but we need your help!
Right now, many Brisbanites are under the misapprehension that it’s too late to stop this project, and therefore we shouldn’t even bother trying.
That’s what the developers want us to think. We should not be giving away publicly-owned, inner-city riverfront land for a private casino resort.
The success of other community campaigns like the one that stopped the multi-billion-dollar East-West tollway project in Victoria offers hope that it’s not too late to get the Queensland Government to rethink its support for this project. But to create a large city-wide community campaign just like the one against the East-West one here in Brisbane, we will need your help.