Construction work has begun on the $330 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino, with the redevelopment to include new bars, restaurants, cafes and a hotel.
The project, to be completed by builder Hansen Yuncken, is expected to create about 1000 construction jobs and 800 ongoing positions once work is complete in 2020.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the precinct would “put South Australia on the map”.
“It’s going to make sure that our economy grows – more interstate, more overseas visitors coming into our state,” he told reporters at the site on Monday.
The first of two large cranes will be commissioned later this week ahead of more than 80,000 lifts of materials.
Adelaide Casino general manager Luke Walker said the expansion would also involve remodelling the existing Adelaide Casino building in the city’s historic Railway Station.
“It’s got special character and to bring it back to its former glory is pretty important as well, and it will complement our new building,” he said.
Hansen Yuncken state manager Mark Rosenboom said the firm was committed to using local workers throughout the construction process.
“At it’s peak, we’d anticipate in excess of 300 skilled workers are needed every day to deliver this high quality and iconic project and we’ll be partnering predominantly with local industry throughout,'” he said
Mr Rosenboom said appropriate contingencies and a realistic program would ensure the project was completed on time.