A proposed $1.5 billion resort on the Gold Coast will create 13,000 permanent and temporary jobs in the area, as well as boosting the local economy.
That’s the word from Brian Haratsis, Chairman of MacroPlan Dimasi, the development consultancy hired by developers ASF Consortium to advise on the project.
Haratis told the Daily Telegraph that the proposal, earmarked for a twelve-acre parcel of land on The Spit peninsula, would create 4,100 construction jobs as well as a further 9,100 direct and indirect positions, while delivering “widespread economic benefits”
“The Gold Coast Integrated Resort Development represents a substantial and long-term employment hub for the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland,” he said. “Based on our jobs analysis for the latest concept plan, the project has the potential to keep skilled workers in the region and provide thousands of world-class opportunities for the local workforce.
“It will also stimulate training, education and upskilling opportunities across the state, creating new careers for existing and future generations,” he added.
The project was unveiled by the Chinese-backed ASF Consortium in mid-December, when it was also announced the development would bring an estimated one million extra tourists to the area each year.
The project would take around five years to build and would comprise three luxury hotels with five towers; a casino, which is likely to be operated by Crown Resorts; a 77,500 square-foot piazza lined with restaurants and conference facilities; a 1,200-seat amphi-theatre, and two public beaches. Oh, and a waterfall.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, however. Shadow Planning Minister Ian Walker has complained that the government has “gifted taxpayer-owned, prime waterfront land to the ASF consortium without a competitive process.”
“Glossy artists’ impressions,” he added would not generate jobs or “address the legitimate community concerns” about overdevelopment and increased traffic congestion.
The project is now undergoing a process of community consultation before a submission is sent to the state, which would need to give the green light.
ASF Consortium director Louis Chien has said his company is committed to “maximizing local participation, starting with local supplier briefing sessions to ensure Gold Coast businesses are given every opportunity to prepare, respond and get involved at the earliest stages of the project.”
“Based on our jobs analysis for the latest concept plan, the project has the potential to keep skilled workers in the region and provide thousands of world-class opportunities for the local workforce. It will also stimulate training, education and upskilling opportunities across the state, creating new careers for existing and future generations,” added Haratis