More changes are afoot at the Barangaroo Project.
O'Farrell applauds Packer proposal for a second casino Matthew Moore, February 27, 2012
THE Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has embraced plans by James Packer's group for a hotel and second Sydney casino at Barangaroo on land set aside as playing fields for office workers.
On Friday Mr Packer's casino group, Crown, advised Mr O'Farrell that Crown wanted a second Sydney casino as part of a hotel and restaurant complex in the centre of the harbourside site, which the Barangaroo Delivery Authority says is intended for ''civic, educational and recreation spaces''.
Mr O'Farrell said: ''I think it's an exciting proposal which could add extra life to Barangaroo, give Sydney another world-class hotel, generate jobs and boost tourism.''
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The plan involves building a hotel well north of the proposed commercial precinct, ensuring guests on upper floors have unobstructed views of the Opera House and the Heads.
''It's the sort of tourism-related investment we want in Sydney but everyone's aware there are a range of regulatory approvals needed before it could proceed,'' Mr O'Farrell said.
Those approvals include permission from government bodies for a second Sydney casino because the law now allows only one licence until 2019.
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