$25m for Great Keppel 'rejuvenation' but no word on casino

A LABOR Government will spend $25 million to "rejuvenate" Great Keppel Island - but the party's tourism policy document makes no mention of allowing a boutique casino on the island.

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $134 million tourism package including $48 million to attract more flights to Queensland, $25 million rejuvenate Great Keppel Island and $25 million to repair cyclone damaged reef islands.

Speaking at Cairns Aquarium on Wednesday, Ms Palaszczuk said the tourism industry was worth $25 billion and employed 225,000 Queenslanders.


Great Keppel Island revitalisation has not progressed in almost 10 years
Great Keppel Island revitalisation has not progressed in almost 10 years Contributed


The policy will also include a $36 million regional tourism fund aimed at small businesses and community organisations. Organisations will be able to apply for grants up to $500,000 to develop new "infrastructure and experiences" in regional Queensland.

Tourism minister Kate Jones said the fund would include $48 million to attract more international flights to Queensland.

"Queensland's tourism industry is stronger under this government than it ever has been before," she said.

"This funding commitment will allow us to strengthen our ties with some of the world's fastest growing tourism markets."

But the Labor policy makes no mention of reversing the party's position on allowing a "boutique" casino licence on Great Keppel.

Labor has not announced if it will grant another casino licence in regional Queensland after the Cairns development fell over.

The LNP has promised to create a boutique casino licence model if elected with the intention of allowing a Great Keppel casino. 

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