A $300 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino has been approved with construction work expected to start mid-year.
South Australia’s Development Assessment Commission on Friday gave the go-ahead for the project which is expected to create 500 construction jobs and another 1000 operational positions.
“This development promises to be one of the jewels in Adelaide’s crown, boasting signature restaurants and new VIP gaming experiences,” South Australian Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan said.
But independent senator Nick Xenophon said the expansion would just lead to increased gambling losses and more gambling addiction.
“The harsh reality is that SkyCity is spending this massive amount of money on the basis it gets it back from its core activity – gambling,” Senator Xenophon said.
“That will inevitably mean increased gambling and the bigger the gambling losses, the greater the chance of more people falling by the way side and becoming hooked.”
As well as additional gaming spaces, the SkyCity Entertainment Group’s expansion includes an 80-room hotel and new restaurants.
Chief Executive Nigel Morrison said the redevelopment would create much-needed jobs and economic growth for South Australia.
“SkyCity is committed to developing a world-class, integrated entertainment destination in Adelaide, attracting both international and domestic visitors,” Mr Morrison said in a statement.
“This new offering will help South Australia attract a bigger share of high-value international visitors.”