No progress in casino talks at The Quarter
It seems plans for a casino in Karratha have faded to black, with Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt revealing no progress had been made since discussions last year.
Surveys began circulating Karratha in late 2014 probing community support for a casino at The Quarter site supported by local developer and racehorse owner Kim Loxton.
Mr Loxton held discussions with several politicians and the idea reached fever pitch when Durack MP Melissa Price brought the topic up in Canberra last year.
But Mr Holt said nothing had come to his table to progress the matter further since word got out.
“We’ve had some discussions … but we’ve had no proposals come to me or to Government that I know of,” he said.
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls said the softening demand would have made it harder to get the idea off the ground.
“Obviously we are still very keen to get a hotel development on the corner of Warambie and Sharpe and continue to do a lot of work on that,” he said.
“We have a new proponent we are negotiating with but the economic climate for banks to lend is difficult.”
Mr Grylls said The Quarter was on track for completion by the middle of the year.
The Quarter and GP Super Clinic.