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Keppel LNP branch to take a gamble on casino licences

THE LNP Keppel branch is set to rally fellow party members statewide to support a policy that could shorten the odds for a casino on Great Keppel Island.

A motion for the Liberal National Party to adopt a policy that casino licences should be approved based on business cases will be put forward by the branch at the LNP state convention that will run from Friday to Sunday.

Branch members want the Queensland Government to treat casino applications on their merits, rather than putting a number on how many casino licences can be given out.

Tower Holdings wants a "boutique" gaming licence for a casino at its proposed $2 billion Great Keppel Island resort.

While the resort has received development approval, the Queensland Government has maintained another gaming licence would not be granted unless one of the two approved regional licensees no longer went ahead with their planned casinos.

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga has broken Labor ranks to support a conditional boutique gaming licence for the project.

The LNP state parliamentary party said the government of the day could easily adopt a policy that supports the consideration of additional casino licences in Queensland.

It is one of more than 50 resolutions the branches, Young LNP, LNP Women and parliamentary standing committee have put forward for debate.

The Keppel branch will also put forward a motion about land values.

The members want the LNP parliamentary team to investigate options to enable the removal of the system that provides for the unimproved value of the land as the primary driver for determining council rates.

The parliamentary party appears to want to leave the issue in local government hands.

They said councils were closest to Queensland communities and best placed to provide the most practical and appropriate solutions to local issues.

Other branches' motions include confiscating mobile phones from drivers not using appropriate hands-free equipment; and developing a public education strategy explaining the LNP's philosophy, goals and achievements.

LNP agenda chair Sue Quinn wrote in the conference report that the resolutions showed members were keen to improve the party as well as criticise.

She said the convention, which Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg will attend, provided for "grassroots members" to have their say.

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