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A new casino backed by James Packer could be part of a rejuvenation project in Brisbane’s CBD.
The Queensland government is planning a major facelift along and near the river, around George Street.
The government knocked back plans from Echo Entertainment, part-owned by Mr Packer, for a 36-storey riverside casino that would have been built on the former State Library building site in William St, The Courier-Mail reports.
But Premier Campbell Newman says he is not opposed to another casino in the George St precinct redevelopment and urged anyone interested to contact him.
He said his priority was getting a five-star international hotel for Brisbane, but he had an open mind about it containing a casino.
Echo Entertainment already operates Jupiters Gold Coast, Treasury and Townsville casinos, as well as the Star in Sydney, and has set aside $625 million for expansion, the paper reports.
If a Packer casino went ahead, it would be the second for the city.
It would also mean two casinos in close quarters, with the Treasury casino located close to the George Street precinct."