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The Queensland government on Monday released the final "integrated resort development" designs from the two consortiums fighting it out for the city's casino licence at Queen's Wharf in the city centre.
An artist's impression of the Echo casino proposed for Brisbane.
Photo: Supplied Greenland Group and Crown Resorts have offered up a six-star hotel, two five-star hotels, restaurants - including one headed by renowned chef Neil Perry - crown greenland casino brisbane space and a bridge complete with suspended waterfall to South Bank, where they will build a crown greenland casino brisbane cinema and theatre complex, public space, a water park and of course the all important casino.
Their plans includes a publicly accessible sky deck with restaurants and bars, five hotels - three of them six-star, with the Ritz-Carlton and Rosewood already signing on - a "river arena", a riverfront moonlight cinema, "12 football fields of public event space" and an underground shopping mall.
The existing Treasury Casino would be turned into a boutique department store.
South Bank will also benefit.
As set out by the government, a bridge will connect Queen's Wharf to the other side of click to see more river, with Destination Brisbane promising a new Lyric Centre.
At the moment, the only information either consortium is allowed to release are the images they have created to showcase their design.
At this stage in the process they are barred from disclosing how big their casinos will be, the crown greenland casino brisbane of machines that will be in them, the number of residential apartments versus hotel rooms — anything outside of how the developments will look.
But competition is fierce.
Described as a "once in a generation" opportunity, the winning group will not only have the chance to build a landmark resort complex in what, outside of the heritage listed buildings and Riverside Express Way, will be cleared space.
The casino licence is the carrot the government has offered in order to have the resort and hotels built.
But with funding for both relying on Asian partners, the probity process is expected to take some time.
Echo and Crown only just emerged from a bruising battle in Sydney for its casino licence, which the Packer-led Crown group won.
The fight for Brisbane is expected to be just as brutal.
The United Voice Union recently came out in support for the Crown bid.
Echo has also admitted that its two existing Queensland properties, The Treasury in Brisbane and Jupiter's on the Gold Coast, had not received as much care and attention as they ought.
Jupiter's is now undergoing a multi-million revamp, which is expected to be completed by 2017.
But Echo believes that holding the continue reading Brisbane licence could be an advantage — it will mean the city will still have just the one casino.
Mr Seeney said he expected both sides crown greenland casino brisbane use whatever cards they held in an attempt to gain an advantage.
What Queensland thinks of the designs will only play a small role at this stage of the process.
While Mr Seeney said it was important to share the designs, the public was not being formally consulted yet.
We'll have another formal consultation process when we put in place the planning instrument for this precinct, but what we want to do today is share these concepts with the people of Brisbane and engage them in a discussion about them.
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Greenland Group and Crown Resorts, and the Destination Brisbane Consortium, have released their design concepts for the multi-billion dollar ...
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