The Queensland government has admitted that building a mega casino resort on the Gold Coast with a cruise ship terminal posed "very significant" environmental difficulties.

The Chinese ASF Consortium was this week given pre-approval to build the six-star complex on the Broadwater shores near Southport. The government has also shortlisted four consortiums to build Brisbane’s second casino, and given pre-approval to another Chinese developer to build a luxury gaming resort north of Cairns. Deputy Premier…