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On Monday 14 October 2013, an Expression of Interest (EOI) for an Integrated Resort Development (IRD) was released as part of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane offer to market, with a casino licence also on offer to the successful proponent. At the same time two additional casino licences were released through a separate tender process seeking other Integrated Resort Developments in regional Queensland.

Integrated Resort Developments current status

  • ASF Consortium Pty Ltd
    The ASF Consortium Pty Ltd has announced (18 December 2016) its new concept plans for the Gold Coast for the land between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-operative. The new concepts are currently being assessed by the Department of State Development and will be the subject of community consultation. For enquiries please contact us.

    Community consultation
    In late December 2016 the Queensland Government announced that The Spit's beach and parkland will be protected and given a family friendly make-over.

    The Queensland Government also advised that in the New Year it would consult with Gold Coast residents and the City Council and work-up a detailed plan for The Spit's coastal parkland.

    Consultation will be undertaken on The Spit's coastal parkland and at the same time the Department of State Development will undertake independent public consultation on ASF Consortium's revised proposal.

    If you would like to be involved in this community consultation, there are several options to consider:

    • Complete The Spit parkland online survey
    • Complete the Integrated Resort Development (ASF proposal) online survey
    • If you would prefer to complete a PDF version of the survey, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send the questionnaire to you
    • Attend the Community Consultation Session on Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 March 2017 from 8.30–10.30 am at the Department of State Development, 7 Short Street, Southport
    • Attend the Community Consultation Session on Sunday 26 March 2017, 10.30 am to 1.30 pm AEST at Southport State High School Sports Centre, cnr Brooke and Lionel Avenues, Southport
    • Email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      or post to:
      The Spit Consultation
      c/- PO Box 10069
      Brisbane Adelaide Street QLD 4000
    • Register your contact details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1800 941 127 (between 9 am to 5 pm AEST) to receive updates about the community consultation.

    The consultation program will continue until 7 April 2017.

  • Aquis at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd (Aquis)
    On 22 August 2016 Aquis formally notified the Queensland Government of its withdrawal from the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) process and that it was no longer seeking a casino licence for its Aquis at the Great Barrier Reef development at Yorkeys Knob in Cairns.

    As a result, the Aquis proposal for an IRD at Yorkeys Knob, has been reshaped to focus on a $2 billion residential and tourism development with luxury hotels, apartments and villas.

    The Queensland Government continues to work with Aquis, given the jobs and opportunities on offer from this reshaped proposal.

    Aquis is now working with the Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning, Office of the Coordinator-General and Cairns City Council to obtain the required development approvals.

  • Additional regional casino licence
    On 16 March 2016, it was announced in State Parliament that if one or both of the current regional IRD proposals do not go ahead, the Queensland Government may go back to the market to seek expressions of interest for the available regional licences. That decision is yet to be made.

Benefits of an Integrated Resort Development

Integrated Resort Developments offer outstanding opportunities for Queensland to enhance its tourism offerings. Such developments can support major events and reinvigorate key locations across the state for entertainment and recreation to both locals and visitors alike.

In Queensland, tourism contributes $23 billion to the state's economy and supports over 230,000 jobs.

The Queensland Government is committed to supporting the growth of the tourism sector.

Integrated Resort Developments can help achieve this goal by contributing to increased international tourism and boosting the state's economy through tourism and construction.

Criteria for future Integrated Resort Developments

Any new regional Integrated Resort Development proposal must:

  • include significant capital investment to create a development that attracts international tourists, where construction commences within 18 months of contractual close
  • be located within close proximity to a major population centre with a catchment of at least 150,000 people within a 70 kilometre radius of the regional centre
  • be near an operational international airport or an airport that is capable of being upgraded to international standards
  • have well-established transport networks and significant existing tourism infrastructure with identified growth potential.

Further information

For further information on Integrated Resort Developments please contact us.

What are Integrated Resort Developments?