Open Letter To The Cairns Community

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I would like to thank the community once again for the overwhelming support you have shown for my vision for the AQUIS integrated resort at Yorkeys Knob. The high level of support I and my team have received, both privately and publicly from individuals and organisations, has brought me tremendous satisfaction and galvanised my commitment to one day deliver AQUIS for Cairns.

Like the vast majority of the community I believe Cairns can and should utilise its natural assets to have a vibrant, prosperous future as one of the world’s top holiday destinations. I believe AQUIS can be the catalyst for this new future without compromising any of the things what we all love about the city.

Over recent months and weeks my team has been working across many fronts to bring our shared vision to reality. As you can appreciate a project like AQUIS requires extensive planning and investment as well as a range of necessary regulatory approvals. Due to its complexity this process will naturally involve achievements and setbacks.

As you may be aware I have elected not to extend my offer to acquire the Reef Casino and Hotel. While the main Reef offer is now likely to be unsuccessful I have elected to continue with the purchase of the Canberra Casino in the ACT as I have been assured that transaction will be able to be completed shortly.

Having ownership of a casino in Australia prior to 31 December, 2014, is a key part of our plan for the financing of AQUIS at Yorkeys Knob and I am thankful for the cooperation of the owner Casinos Austria and the ACT regulatory authorities in facilitating this goal.

While we have been able to develop an alternative to full ownership of the Reef Hotel and Casino the failure of the offer will nevertheless require a comprehensive review of our strategy for AQUIS and may require some difficult decisions about the project. While undertaking the review we will continue to push forward with a number of regulatory hurdles including finalising our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

It is also worth noting that we recently signed an extension of our option over the core site at Yorkeys Knob. The extension reflects our commitment to push ahead with AQUIS but also acknowledges the increasing complexity and difficulty of the approvals process and the fact we may need some more time than first anticipated.

Despite the challenges of recent weeks I wanted to put on the record my continued personal commitment to the development of AQUIS and my thanks for the overwhelming support for the project. Together, I still believe we can make this vision a reality.

Yours sincerely

Tony Fung
Chairman

Aquis Group

15 Comments
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  • Sell the man the god dam casino and lets get cairns some more job opertunitys

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    November 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    Posted by Ben
  • I hope this resort and casino go head it will be good for cairns my partner and myself have a seven seater limo car with a trailer we do airport transfer around the city of cairns and port Douglas and Atherton tablelands l hope it get build at yorkeys knob.

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    November 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    Posted by Jeffrey Smith
  • It would be nice to see you purchase the land rather than hold a option to buy , to show your commitment to cairns

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    November 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    Posted by Andy
  • Yeah yeah yeah

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    November 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm
    Posted by Ernst
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