Pro-casino group says two-thirds back plan

Pilbara News - - News - Daniel Emer­son

A pro­posed Kar­ratha casino would have the sup­port of al­most twothirds of lo­cals, ac­cord­ing to re­search put for­ward by for­mer Lib­eral leader Matt Bir­ney, a paid lob­by­ist for the pro­ject.

On Fri­day, Mr Bir­ney re­leased the re­sults of a sur­vey of 427 peo­ple in Kar­ratha, which was con­ducted face-to-face in public places in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

When re­spon­dents were asked whether they would sup­port the build­ing of an in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard casino in Kar­ratha, 64 per cent said yes, 17 per cent no and 19 per cent were un­sure.

Pro­po­nents of the plan for a casino com­plex in Kar­ratha hired Mr Bir­ney to en­ter talks with Premier Colin Bar­nett and Rac­ing and Gam­ing Min­is­ter Colin Holt.

Mr Bir­ney in­tro­duced Kar­ratha devel­oper and race­horse owner­breeder Kim Lox­ton to Mr Holt on April 14 and Mr Bar­nett on April 24.

Men­tal health ad­vo­cates are con­cerned a casino would cause prob­lem gam­bling and mis­ery for flyin, fly-out fam­i­lies and Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

Those at the meet­ings were quiet about the pro­ject yesterday, but doc­u­ments in Par­lia­ment con­firm a pro­posal for a gam­ing and en­ter­tain­ing com­plex in Kar­ratha.

Mr Lox­ton and prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany Sul­con are pro­mot­ing the plan.

WA has a one-casino pol­icy re­strict­ing gam­ing ma­chines and other gam­bling to James Packer’s Crown Perth com­plex.

Mr Bar­nett said he “sim­ply lis­tened to their pro­posal” and gave Mr Lox­ton no com­mit­ments.

Op­po­si­tion leader Mark McGowan called on Mr Bar­nett to rule out the pro­posal, say­ing re­gional casi­nos in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory were “over­grown pokie par­lours”.

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