People living near the site of a planned $4.2 billion mega-resort and casino in Cairns say it will turn off travellers who come to the region to experience nature-based tourism.

Hundreds of locals turned out to a community meeting in Cairns on Wednesday night to raise concerns about Chinese billionaire Tony Fung’s proposed Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort. The 340-hectare resort and casino at Yorkeys Knob, a northern seaside suburb of Cairns, includes nine luxury hotels and a casino. There…