Queensland's Gold Coast could be a step closer to getting a new casino.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says three out of the four bidders to develop a new cruise ship terminal at Broadwater also contain plans for a casino.
He said ASF China Property Consortium, Azure Consortium, ACPI Consortium and Ridong Development had been shortlisted by the state and Gold Coast City Council to further their proposals.
'This project holds great possibility for the Gold Coast, with the provision of not only a cruise ship terminal, but prospects for new hotels, marina, retail, entertainment, community open space and recreational facilities,' he told parliament on Tuesday.
'Three out of four included an integrated tourism facility incorporating a new casino in their proposal.'
Mr Seeney said he expects the consortiums to finalise their plans for Broadwater by mid-year. Liberal National Party defector turned independent Gold Coast MP Alex Douglas has long been against the plan.
He claims a casino and cruise ship terminal will only benefit overseas investors and lobbyists.
'It will not provide economic, social or environmental stimulus to the Gold Coast,' Dr Douglas said.
'Jupiter's Casino/Convention Centre will suffer horribly, Gold Coast ratepayers will shoulder huge recurring dredging costs, and fisherman, surfers or average Gold Coast residents who use it as their central park will not benefit.'