Bris­bane casino bid won by Echo

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ECHO En­ter­tain­ment has won the right to build a casino on prime river­front land in Bris­bane, beat­ing a pro­posal from James Packer’s Crown Re­sorts.

The pro­posal from Echo, which op­er­ates the Trea­sury Casino in Bris­bane, in­cludes an iconic arc- shaped build­ing with a ball­room, pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble sky deck, 50 restau­rants and bars and a moon­light cin­ema.

The de­vel­op­ment at the Queen’s Wharf precinct will also de­liver five new pre­mium ho­tels, three residential tow­ers and a pedes­trian bridge to South Bank.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said yesterday the Echo pro­posal stood out due to the public spa­ces it would cre­ate.

“The con­sor­tium was able to demon­strate to gov­ern­ment that they are ready to pro­ceed,” she said.

“We needed to have that fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity.’’

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