The Ho Chunk Casino will close for the season, with the decision to close the casino after the dry spell in NSW due to its reliance on a water-based power system.
The Ho Chuck Casino will be closing for the year due to the severe drought conditions in NSW.
The Victorian Government has said it is also exploring options to build a new casino in the state, but said it would not announce the decision until further notice.
The decision comes just days after the state government announced it would be reviewing its water supply policy to ensure it was sustainable in the long-term.
The Government’s water supply plan states the state would only need 100,000 megawatts of water from dams, aquifers and the Great Barrier Reef to meet peak demand.
It also recommends a “zero-waste” strategy, with less than half of the state’s total energy use coming from water.
However, it says this will not be enough to meet its energy needs.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Ho Chukkah Casino would close this year due “unexpected” demand and that there were “no other options”.
“We’ve had a good week and a half, and I think it is going to be an extraordinary day,” Ms Berejig said.
“We will announce the closing date of the Ho, and then we will make the final decision on the future of the casino.”
The Ho, which is the largest in Tasmania, opened in the 1980s as a high-end gaming resort.
The current owners, the Dukes of Hoegley, are the only people with a casino licence in Tasmania.
“It’s been a long time coming, and now we’re finally seeing it,” Mr Dukes said.
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