Queen’s Wharf mega-casino is the biggest development in Brisbane’s history and one of the biggest asset sales in Queensland’s history. While Queensland is experiencing a housing crisis, the Government will be handing 27 hectares of the inner-city over to a mega luxury casino-hotel-apartment complex.
What are the facts?
I’ve never heard about any of this?
That’s not surprising. The State Government has passed special laws to allow the developer to bypass our already weak planning laws, so there was no meaningful consultation with the community.
Our political system is broken
Too often politicians put the interests of big corporations ahead of the community. The problem starts with donations. Since 2009, the developers Star Entertainment and their lobbyists Govstrat donated $80,000 to Labor and $66,000 to the LNP.
Casinos and pokies are parasitic
Private corporations stand to make billions by exploiting the most vulnerable members of our community. Problem gambling destroys lives and exacerbates homelessness, mental illness and suicide.
Instead of a casino...
As our population grows Brisbane faces a critical shortage of public infrastructure. Instead of giving away 13 hectares of prime inner-city public land to a private developer, we could be using it for more schools, affordable housing, public green space and cultural or research facilities.
We are often told there isn’t enough land or money in the inner-city. But this isn’t a question of land or money. This is a question of priorities. Our political system favours property developers and private corporations over residents.
We can change that.
Give residents real power
We have lost control over our city. Residents have no meaningful say in the way our city is designed, built and run.
The mega-casino should be stopped and instead a robust, community design process should decide how this land is used.
What can we do?
Above-ground construction won’t start until 2019/20 so there’s still time.
This election we have a real choice: two old parties who prioritise massive corporations over the community, or representatives who will fight for Brisbane residents.