SYDNEY’S “stupid” house prices are driving a population surge in Queensland, with the renaissance of the traditional northern pilgrimage helping the state navigate the post-construction-boom era.

New analysis by Deloitte Access Economics has revealed the Sunshine State has been fired up by a one-two combination of increasing tourist imports and a rise in coal and gas exports.

Queensland’s economic revival is at odds with nationwide trends, with the report predicting a mini-credit crunch, drought and lacklustre housing construction would peg Australia’s growth this year.


Treasurer Jackie Trad says it’s hardly surprising that NSW residents are heading north. Picture: Brendan Radke

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THE Star Gold Coast is planning for a multimillion-dollar open-air concert venue at its Broadbeach Island capable of hosting world-class bands, community carols and opera.

It is the brainchild of Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier, who said it would enable the Coast to compete with capital cities to attract top touring performers.

The gaming resort giant hopes to start construction in March, with the first acts scheduled later this year, pending a green light for the required consents.

Star Gold Coast plans for an open-air concert venue at its Broadbeach Island site. It will have capacity for 1000-1500 people and face out over the water for people who want to enjoy the show across water at Gold Coast Bulletin Park SUPPLIED

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STAR Entertainment Group is promising that the Gold Coast and Brisbane will increasingly host the hottest names in sport, business and film as its luxury hotel brands come on stream.

Star is building Australia’s first Dorsett hotel at Broadbeach while The Rosewood and Ritz Carlton are coming to Brisbane as part of its $3.6 billion Queens Wharf integrated resort project.


The Star Gold Coast Masterplan Development (viewed from the South) at its island site at Broadbeach where two existing towers will be joined by Tower 1 starting construction in August and a proposed further four towers

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A FRUSTRATED Star boss says lack of clarity around a second Gold Coast casino is a “headache” creating uncertainty for investors in Star’s $2b Broadbeach masterplan.

The State Government has been considering testing the market for another casino resort on the Gold Coast, with a slim margin of city councillors voting recently for exploring it.

The Palaszczuk State Government has a framework for developing GlobalcTourism Hubs with an associated casino licence but is yet to call for interest on the Coast under the process.

Frustrated Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier: “The issue of the second casino has been around for a long time and it seems to come back in all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes.” Picture: Jerad Williams

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THE Star group’s boss is backing a push to attract bigger events to the Gold Coast with international pulling power, saying the city is now competing with global destinations.

Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier, visiting for yesterday’s Magic Millions Polo and launch of the yearling sale festival, said he was a fan of the city’s push to boost its pulling power for mega-events.


Pictured at the Spit Main Beach During the Magic Millions Polo, Nacho Figueras. Pic Mike Batterham

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