Friday May 1, 2015 members of the Keppel Brittany Lauga group learned the Australian Labor Government is not going to provide a casino license. Keppel wanted to redevelop Great Keppel Island to enhance Central Queensland tourism. However, a call on Friday from Jackie Trad, the Deputy Premier, stated there will be no license for a boutique casino. Jackie Trad stated the reason was no license is available.
CEO Terry Agnew of Tower Holdings stated it is a big loss for Central Queensland particularly for residents of Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
Terry Agnew told media, “This is a major slap in the face for corporations trying to reinvigorate the tourism industry and Central Queensland economy.
He has put nine years and several millions of dollars into the tourism industry. Agnew also stated the staff of the New Labor Government has not been prepared to meet with his staff or him for these casino meetings.
“Whatever is going on behind the scenes might be good for the Labor Party but it’s a disgraceful decision,” stated Mr. Agnew.