The role of Aquis Aware is to raise public awareness, scrutinize validity of the claims made by Aquis proponents, to provide a platform for people to voice their opinions and concerns and to expose the real cost of converting Cairns into a mega gambling destination.

The Queensland State Government and Cairns City Council, key business and industry bodies and the local media are all strongly in support of the $8.15 Billion Aquis Casino Resort Development proposed for Yorkeys Knob on the basis of the perceived economic benefits that it will bring to our region. When the Aquis Casino Development was first proposed, there were a lot of questions and concerns within the Cairns community. Aquis Aware formed in September 2013 when a group of concerned and active citizens came together to find answers to the questions, help voice the concerns of worried residents and address the void in the public discussion. To that end Aquis Aware organized a public forum with a panel of experts who outlined a range of potential adverse impacts of the development which was attended by more than 300 people.

Aquis Aware it is not against development in Cairns, but believes that Aquis is the wrong kind of development. It is in the wrong place – on a flood plain; it is the wrong size – it is Singapore/Macau imposed on the low rise communities of the Cairns northern beaches; and it is the wrong type of development – it will turn the region into a mega-gambling destination bringing social harm associated with gambling. It will irreparably damage our clean, green image and ecotourism industry, which is built on two unique World heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest that attract people from around the world. The Aquis development does not conform to the town planning scheme of the Cairns Regional Council, which never envisaged such development at Yorkeys Knob and Aquis Aware has proposed an alternative more appropriate development in the city of Cairns itself.


8 Responses to “About”

  1. Cameron 7 November 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Great article that really explains the reasons why this development is far too big to be decided in such a short time frame. The downstream implications of the development will be with us forever and clearly change Cairns for the worse.

    • Admin1 7 November 2013 at 6:54 am #

      Thanks for your contribution. It’s clear there is a great need in the community to hear an alternative point of view.

    • Antechinus 14 November 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Thanks for that. Amazing what happened today with the proposed purchase of Cairns Casino. This will truly become a one Fung town

  2. Susan Prince 20 December 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I feel that the public need not just one meeting. I feel it is time to do. I ask you in all earnestness what I can physically legally do to stop this going ahead. I worked in the building industry in the late 80’s. I understand the building industry and where the money went when the buildings are sold – it is not in this country. Please I am unemployed and available to DO something. I just don’t know what.
    With gratitude

    • Lucy Graham 25 February 2014 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Susan, Sorry for the delayed reply. The Aquis Aware Team is working hard to ensure the community has a voice. We are currently awaiting the release of the EIS for further action. However in the meantime you can help by promoting discussion, sending letters to the editor, emailing Aquis etc. Please email us at and we will keep you in the loop with how you can help.

  3. An;onymous 26 December 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    This is a great laugh. Pass it on to other people.
    A good take on Fung and Aquis.

  4. Sam 2 July 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Aquis resort EIS.
    What a joke. The flood water is greater than descripted in the report. The water flow is different in real life than descripted.
    Hope everyone in surrounding suburbs including the airport have got good flood insurance cover, you will need it!

  5. Paul 14 August 2014 at 8:00 am #

    I have read the EIS in detail and it seems to me to be very detailed and informative . I understand people are scared by change.
    The Marjory of Cairns and and all levels of Goverment support the project, hence, I think you need to accept that change is coming . I can say without a change of this nature , Many more business will go broke due to the lack of investment in the region.
    Try working on the glass is half full instead of half empty guys, you will do much better in life and be happier within yourselves.
    If you have real concerns ring Aquis and ask for a meeting to discuss you issues as they are very approachable I am lead to believe .

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