New Oz Casino?

A consultant group has been hired by the Shire of Broome in Western Australia to assess the viability of a casino project in what some reports have described as a “remote area.” A report is due later this year.

Premier: Local government cannot make the call

The Shire of Broome in Western Australia is investigating the possibility of a second casino for the region. It has hired a consultant, the Paxon Group to look at the economic and social costs and opportunities of such a property, reported the Asia Gaming Brief. Shire CEO Kenn Donohoe said he expects a report by the end of 2015.

The casino would be the second in the vicinity, joining one in Burswood. The proposed property “could open up opportunities for international flights, opportunities for other export of products such as agriculture and aquaculture, both domestically and internationally, if the project was to be considered viable,” said Donohoe.

The shire is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberly region, reported the World Casino Directory. Premier Colin Barnett opposes bringing in a new casino, and added that any decision on the matter “is a decision of the state government, not the local government… The state government, at this point, does not support a casino in Broome.”