Tony Fung drops Cairns casino, leaving a new Queensland licence up for grabs

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Dr Douglas, the Member for Gaven, says he does not believe the other Gold Coast applicant has been formally notified of the decision. Ridong Australia, through its Eastern Success Group, wanted to include a casino in an integrated resort at Nerang.

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Eye of the fire Like many after the deadly fires in Mati, Andreas is now trying to work out who's to blame for the tragedy. This is despite the fact that I have written to Ms Simpson on at least two occasions in the last six weeks rejecting her suggestions in this regard.

Understandably, some of my Councillor colleagues are asking the question — what is it with these people that they continue to deliberately mislead the community? Their efforts are clearly designed to cover up their own inability to provide critical community infrastructure and discredit myself and the Council I lead.

And most importantly, our community has every right to expect that they will told the truth by their members of Parliament. I am therefore today releasing the most recent letter I have received from the Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, the Honourable Kate Jones, verifying there is no casino licence available for any part of the Sunshine Coast.

I am not ordinarily in the habit of releasing the correspondence we have with Ministers. That is what I have been saying for some time. It is what I have repeatedly told the media and our community. And it is what the Minister has confirmed in her most recent correspondence to me on this matter. What this also means is that we now look to Ms Simpson and her colleagues to outline their plans for how the Sunshine Coast can secure government funding for a convention and exhibition centre.

As your State member of Parliament Ms Simpson and her colleagues are responsible for spending 15 cents in every dollar of tax you pay. The Federal Government is responsible for spending the remaining 82 cents of your tax dollars.

The Sydney Morning Herald