The new casino at the Queen’s Wharf destination resort, currently under development in Brisbane, will have more slot machines than The Star Entertainment Group’s existing gambling venue in the city, Treasury Casino.
The Star and its Chinese partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium won the right to develop the Queen’s Wharf gaming, entertainment, and hotel precinct in Brisbane, Queensland in the summer of 2015. The multi-purpose resort is expected to open doors in 2022.
Star Queensland Managing Director Geoff Hogg said earlier today that the casino at Queen’s Wharf will feature 2,500 slot machines (or pokies as they are called in Australia), which is 800 more than what Treasury Casino currently has.
It should be noted that The Star’s existing gambling venue in Brisbane will close once the Queen’s Wharf resort is launched. The Treasury Casino’s license will be transferred to the new gaming operation. The Star’s old casino will be transformed into a department store in about 2023.
Mr. Hogg said today that “there has been no change to the casino’s licensing conditions” and the city would still be having only one casino when their new resort swings its doors open for guests and visitors.
The Star and its Chinese partners are ploughing more than A$3.6 billion (approx. $2.4 billion) into the scheme. Construction work on the property kicked off last summer following nearly two and a half years of excavation work at the site.
Work on Riverside Gardens Under Way
Mr. Hogg, together with Queen’s Wharf Project Director Simon Crooks and ProBuild General Manager Jeff Wellburn, walked local journalists through the cement base for The Landing, the two semi-circular gardens that will be sticking 50 meters into the Brisbane River and will be part of the multi-purpose integrated resort.
The two cement bases will support more than 6,500 square meters of landscaped, riverside gardens that will be facing South Bank.
Mr. Wellburn explained that construction workers drilled pilings 26 meters into bedrock so the riverside park space would survive a collision with a vessel in the event of a flood.
Mr. Crooks told journalists that The Landing would make the Queen’s Wharf precinct stand apart from South Bank. The official went on to say that while South Bank is more a family-friendly destination, the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort “with all of the things here – is probably the flipside” as families will still be able to use it, but “this is entertainment for adults as well.”
The new multi-purpose complex will feature hotels and residential towers, a casino, multiple food and beverage facilities, retail centers, and other amenities between George and William Street in Brisbane.
Mr. Hogg said today that the multiple buildings comprising the resort will be about 20 meters above ground level by Christmas.