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Crown Casino opens for VIPs only

By TILEAH DOBSON The $2.2 billion dollar Crown Barangaroo in Sydney has opened its doors to its VIP-only floors today. The rest of the casino is set to open up at a later date this year. Current gaming operations will be held in the Crystal Room and Mahogany Room, along with the use of twelve […]

Perrottet government plans to gift more foreshore land to Barangaroo developers

By WENDY BACON A partnership between Infrastructure NSW and property developer Aqualand is planning a public land grab that will override previous planning agreements. The developers plan to build high rise offices, expensive apartments and a shopping centre that their critics say will diminish heritage and block iconic views from Observatory Hill and Millers Point.  […]

Crown deemed unsuitable for NSW licence

By ALLISON HORE Following a months-long public inquiry, Crown Resorts has been deemed unsuitable to operate a casino in its new Barangaroo location. The damning final report from the 18-month inquiry, written up by Commissioner Patricia Bergin, was tabled to NSW Parliament this afternoon. It said if the company wished to operate a casino in […]

Crown opening blocked over money laundering admission

By ALLISON HORE Following allegations of money laundering NSW’s gaming regulator has banned Crown from opening its $2.2 billion Barangaroo casino next month. NSW's Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) made the decision less than 24 hours after Crown admitted accounts it set up for VIP players may have been used to launder money.  The […]

Crown “unsuitable” for NSW licence, inquiry hears

By ALLISON HORE Crown Casino is “unsuitable” to hold a license to run a casino in Sydney, the ongoing inquiry into the appropriateness of the NSW licence heard on Wednesday. The lawyer running the inquiry into whether Crown should be allowed to operate the planned casino in their 75-floor Barangaroo tower, Counsel Assisting Adam Bell, […]

Inquiry leads to questions over Crown opening

By ALLISON HORE Questions have been raised as to whether Crown Casino should go ahead with its December opening while the investigations into the group’s NSW licence are ongoing. The new $2.2 billion Crown Casino in Barangaroo is due to open on the 14th of December- months before the ongoing investigation into whether or not […]

THE NAKED CITY – OLD BUILDINGS REBORN

Repurposing old and historic buildings is nothing new when it comes to both urban and rural communities. Go to any Australian country town and you are more than likely to find an old post office or bank that has been converted to a coffee shop or b’n’b. In the big cities many fine old buildings […]

Casino gift turns nightmare

By WENDY BACON NSW police have charged a 30-year-old man after an investigation into his gambling transactions at The Star casino in July. He was searched while he was at the casino and more than $10,000 in cash, $50,000 in casino chips and documents were seized. A search of his home resulted in police seizing […]

High rollers worry wombats

By MICHAEL HITCH As Crown Resort’s newest sky-scraper starts to loom over Barangaroo, so do growing concerns over the casino group’s dodgy dealings. A joint investigation by 60 Minutes, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, spanning the course of more than a year, has found Crown Resorts to be involved with money-laundering, Chinese crime-bosses, Community […]

THE NAKED CITY – A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAMBLING

Not everybody will agree with me but I find the rising Crown Casino tower at Barangaroo downright scary. Its bulging frame, which will eventually dominate everything within cooee, looms over the waterfront resembling a Godzilla or Transformer-like monster. Its architectural merits aside I have to say I find it incredibly menacing, even more so with […]