21 June 2013
Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich has said the NSW Government’s Unsolicited Proposals process should not be used to facilitate the expansion of gambling in NSW and the community should be given a say.Ahead of today's deadline for Crown and Echo Entertainment's unsolicited proposals, Mr Greenwich said:
“The unsolicited proposals process is meant to be about innovative ideas that bring real public benefit but it has become a shortcut to expanding gambling and privatising public land at Barangaroo."
"While the Government has engaged the casino industry, the community has been totally shut out,” said Mr Greenwich.
Mr Greenwich challenged the Government to open both proposals to full community consultation.
"The Premier should give the community a say on the future of Sydney's iconic harbour foreshore before it considers turning it into a mini Las Vegas"
Mr Greenwich highlighted that the unsolicited proposal process is not a competitive tender process and the community may miss out.
"The community has no seat at the table, indeed there isn’t even a negotiation table, just the Government making a decision behind closed doors between two siloed proposals from casino companies seeking to make a profit"
For further information contact Alex Greenwich on 02 9360 3053.