No progress in casino talks at The Quar­ter

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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