Wallace calls on Mayor Jamieson to front up to local residents on Casino plans
Wallace calls on Mayor Jamieson to front up to local residents on Casino plans at Community Forum
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace called today on Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson to join him in facing local residents at a ‘town hall’ style community meeting to discuss Council’s plans for a casino in the SunCentral CBD site.
Displaying the 5,230 signatures gathered on his ‘Say No to Council’s Casino’ petition since 29 November 2017, Mr Wallace said;
“This petition demonstrates the overwhelming ground swell of public opposition to the idea of a casino in the Suncentral CBD development that has emerged since the visit of a major gambling corporation to the site last November. Mayor Mark Jamieson has unfortunately responded to this grassroots community campaign by personal attacks on me, by trying to confuse the issue and by shifting the blame. However he has not addressed any of the community’s concerns or any of the evidence that demonstrates that a casino would be highly damaging to the Sunshine Coast.”
“I believe it is time the Mayor faced up to the public, alongside me, to discuss the real issues here, to listen to the community’s concerns and to tell them why he supports a casino on the Sunshine Coast.” he said.
Mr Wallace has provisionally set a date of 10 April at the Kawana Community Hall at 6pm for this event, however he stressed that the date and time were still flexible, and that he would be happy to organise the meeting for a time which suited the Mayor.
“I am up for this meeting any time the Mayor is. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this issue with him and with local residents. In the meantime, my petition is still open for more signatures.” he said.
Mr Wallace intends to invite academics including the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Neil Mellor, as well as Monash University’s Dr Charles Livingstone to discuss the research around the impact of gambling and casinos.
For more information, or to sign the petition see http://www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/MyWorkforFisher/CasinoPetition-471/