Burswood project gets green light

James Packer's $570 million luxury hotel project at Burswood has been given the green light by Federal and State environment watchdogs, clearing the way for the massive development to begin as early as April.

Just weeks after Mr Packer's Crown Group lodged its submission about the environmental impact of the venture on the Swan River and surrounds, the Federal Government's Environment Department this week released documents clearing the project.

The watchdog said the development could proceed without a full assessment as it would not involve "matters of national environmental significance".

WA's Environmental Protection Authority cleared the Burswood site for development late last year, saying any issues could be handled within the existing planning framework of the dedicated Burswood Park precinct.

The site's 25-storey six-star hotel, VIP gaming rooms, high-end retail and convention facilities will dwarf the site's nearby existing hotels and casinos.

It will be underpinned by 130 new tables and 500 machines, pending approval from gaming authorities.

The hotel is part of Mr Packer's stated aim to build a gaming empire in the Asia-Pacific region to compete with booming casino centres such as Singapore, and forward works are expected in April.

The West Australian

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