Crown Resorts has received final permission to begin the construction of its new hotel and casino complex in Sydney, after a legal challenge against the resort was thrown out of court.
A community group, Millers Point Fund, founded by Sydney residents who objected to the location of the casino, filed a legal action against the construction of the $2 billion hotel and casino.
The group contested the proposed location of the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, saying that the foreshore site at Barangaroo had originally being designated as a public park.
While it is true that this was the original intent of the city, the NSW Planning Assessment Commission gave the green light for Crown to use the waterfront location as a site for its casino.
Plans to Appeal Court Ruling
In the court decision, passed at the end of last week, it was made clear by Justice Robson, that there had not been any "jurisdictional error" when the Commission granted Crown Resorts approval to begin the construction of its Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.
As such, the iconic Australian gambling operator was now allowed to begin construction on the waterfront site.
Millers Point Fund, which has now been saddled with the legal costs of the lawsuit, said that it would appeal the judge's ruling sometime in 2017.
New Opening Dates for Sydney Casino
The new estimated opening date of the 71 storey, six-star hotel and casino has been pushed ahead to 2021. It was originally projected that the casino would open in 2019, however there have been many delays in its progress, including lawsuits such as the latest one.
The new casino will be a direct challenge to casino rival, Star Entertainment Group's long-held monopoly on the Sydney area. Star has run its Sydney casino for over two decades.
Crown's new casino is aimed at high rolled casino players, especially from the Asia-Pacific region.