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Investors and Government's commitment to Christmas Island heralds a prosperous future



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THE. HON. MICHAEL LEE, MINISTER FOR TOURISM THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR THE . ENVIRONMENT, SPORT AND TERRITORIES.. . .

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INVESTORS AND GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND

HERALDS A PROSPEROUS FUTURE

18 December 1993 43OPM (Christmas Is time)

Christmas Island, an Australian Territory in the. Indian . Ocean, today celebrated the official opening of the luxurious 5 star Christmas Island Resort Casma complex.

The 156 room Resort was officially opened by the Hon. Michael Lee, Minister for Tourism- The .Hon:Warren Snowdon MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories opened the Casino, which is operated by Casinos Austria . Pty_ Ltd_

Speaking from Christmas Island today, Mr. Lee and Mr. Snowdon said, "The official opening of the Resort/Casino complex is a credit to the entrepreneurial vision of the developers,. a tribute to the determination of the. Christmas Island community and a

demonstration of the Federal Government's commitment to the long term. future of the .Island".

In 1985 expressions of interest in developments on Christmas Island were canvassed internationally by the Commonwealth Government. Perth businessman, Frank Woodmare's proposal for a casino/resort was accepted.. After consulting the Christmas Island community through a referendum, the Government approved the

project in June, .1986 and signed an agreement with Mr_ Woodmore's Christmas Island Resort Pty Ltd a year later. The company is backed by significant Indonesian and Singaporeans investment_.

"This development is a good example of a co-operative international investment in an Australian tourism .enterprise which will attract more tourists to Australia from key Asian .markets" they said.

"Even before the official opening, international arrivals to Christmas Island have grown from almost'zcro in October 1993 to over 1000 in November 1993"-COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTAR

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They said that the resort/casino has provided much needed employment opportunities for the local community, with 350 people presently employed at the complex, 100 being local residents.

"The $62 million 5 star Resort/Casino complex has ensured that visitors to Christmas Island are able to enjoy leisure facilities of international standard' they said

The Commonwealth Government has .committed $79 million over six years to ensure the general infrastructure on the island is of a complimentary standard.

"The Resort. complex :provides a focus for long term development of tourism on this beautiful and unique .island, which is ideally placed to. expand our close business relations with the Asian region.

"The future for . this idyllic Australian .Territory is bright" they said

In conclusion, Mr Lee and Mr. Snowdon congratulated all those 'involved in the development of the Christmas Island Resort: complex.

"We recognise and commend the trenmendsius amount of energy, imaginiation commitment and determination by all groups who believed in the potential Christmas Island, which has.culmanated in bringing this magnificent Resort to fruition" they said.

Contact: Therese Kenny

Mr. Snowdon's Office Tel: 089-811177 or 089-412164"