SkyCity Entertainment has been shortlisted to build a multi-billion dollar casino, hotel and cruise ship terminal complex on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Chief executive Nigel Morrison said SkyCity and developer Brookfield Multipex, together known as the Azure Consortium, had submitted a preliminary proposal for the project to the Gold Coast City Council and the State Government of Queensland.
The submission was made after the government invited expressions of interest from the private sector to build new tourism infrastructure in the Gold Coast Broadwater.
Morrison said the New Zealand-headquartered casino operator had been advised that it had been shortlisted, and would put in a detailed proposal.
"This process is still in its very early stages," he said.
"During this next phase we look forward to learning more about the government's and Gold Coast City Council's specific goals, expectations and requirements."
The news comes after the New Zealand Auditor-General gave the green light for negotiations to continue between SkyCity and the New Zealand Government to build a $350 million national convention centre in Auckland.
SkyCity is also in talks with the South Australian government about redeveloping the Adelaide Casino including a hotel, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and private gaming salons.
The Australian Financial Review reported that a consortium led by the ASX-listed ASF Group, backed by a number of Chinese construction firms, was one of the other three groups shortlisted for the Gold Coast project.
Queensland Deputy Premier and the Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said all short-listed proponents for the Gold Coast had included a cruise ship terminal and three of the four included an integrated resort with a new casino, the AFR reported.
The aim was that the project would be delivered in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast.
The short-list of four did not indicate any interest from gaming billionaire James Packer or listed company Echo Entertainment, which holds the licence for the only casino on the Gold Coast, the newspaper said.
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