Queensland MP Aidan McLindon says he'll push ahead with his idea to establish Cairns as Australia's new Las Vegas, despite the city's mayor dismissing the idea.
Mr McLindon, who quit the Liberal National Party in May, has told a major national conference his idea could give Cairns a new lease of life, despite the mayor's reservations about creating a "sin city" plagued by social problems like gambling addiction.
He's told the Tourism Futures conference in Brisbane all poker machines should be stripped out of towns and cities around Queensland, and put into a new "AusVegas" established in the Cairns region.
"I think it would be wise of mayor Val Schier to balance up the idea and what it would bring to the economy and the whole Cairns region," he said.
"I'll be travelling to Cairns in the next few days and will be asking for a meeting with Ms Schier to discuss the concept in detail.
"A three billion dollar theme park was flagged for Cairns only a year ago, and a $240 million Cultural Centre Precinct is now in limbo.
"Cairns can only keep knocking back these things for so long before they get shut off from reality.
"All the money's being channelled to southeast Queensland and this could be their opportunity to make an informed decision instead of just throwing up a brick wall."
Mr McLindon said Cairns was under utilised and its potential was being capped.
He denied the "Ausvegas" moves it would create a "sin city".