From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

THE an­nounce­ment this week by the Pre­mier Camp­bell Newman that three more casino li­cences would be is­sued in Queens­land has cer­tainly been met with mixed re­ac­tions from Whit­sun­day res­i­dents.

It is un­known where the new casi­nos would be lo­cated but there was me­dia spec­u­la­tion ear­lier in the week about the Whit­sun­days be­ing a pos­si­bil­ity.

There have also been strong sug­ges­tions about re­sorts in other ar­eas al­ready keen to add casi­nos to their de­vel­op­ments.

The CEO of Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Da­nial Rochford be­lieves the Whit­sun­days tourism in­dus­try would ben­e­fit from ex­tra casi­nos in the state, even if not here on our doorstep.

A lot of work would need to be done by any de­vel­oper be­fore get­ting the green light from the State Gov­ern­ment so none of the new casi­nos are ex­pected any­time soon.

Mean­while, some lo­cal tourist op­er­a­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cern about any plans for a casino here. Anti-gam­bling groups from through­out the state have also ex­pressed con­cern as Queens­land al­ready has more casi­nos than any other state or ter­ri­tory in Aus­tralia.

On another mat­ter...

The an­nual Whit­sun­days Tourism Awards are be­ing held this Satur­day night at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

This is al­ways a time of celebration for the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.

Good luck to all en­trants – and have a great night.

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