Dear Premier Palaszczuk, We, the undersigned, are asking that you do not approve the Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Project, which was declared a Coordinated Project by the former Queensland Government on August 1st 2013.The potential social, economic and environmental impacts of this mega-development raises serious questions. We appreciate the need to boost the economy of Far North Queensland and to create employment in Cairns during these economically challenging times.However, gambling is not a dependable source of state revenue.Any income generated is dependent on the success of the economies of the Asian tourists you are trying to attract.Building a state dependent on casino revenue is not a sound approach to sustainable economic development.Cairns should be moving to diversify away from tourism to other industries, not increase its dependence on it.Cairns Chamber of Commerce listed diversification as one of their top 5 federal election priorities in 2013.Turning the city into a flashy gambling hub has the potential to discourage the huge numbers of tourists who already flock to Cairns for the natural, not man made, wonders of the Reef and the Daintree.Cairns already has a high number of problem gamblers, and it seems both unwise and socially damaging to open another casino, especially one on this unprecedented scale.The development is in the vicinity of three environmentally protected areas, and there a number of environmental issues which have not been adequately addressed.Of most concern is the speed with which the development has been pushed through the proper approval process, being declared a Coordinated Project a mere six days after the initial application was submitted to the former Queensland government.For a $8.15 billion dollar development this is alarmingly fast.We ask that you choose long term, sustainable growth over short-sighted and short term economic gain and do not approve this development.
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