Cairns Regional Council bought the heritage-listed former law court and pub for $5.75 million in late-2016 with plans to transform it into the centrepiece of a world-class arts precinct.
Those moves are still underway, and it took about six months for the sale to be finalised, but the venue has sat dormant for more than a year.
Meanwhile, Pokie revenue in Cairns CBD has been growing strongly in recent months despite removal of the 35 Courthouse Hotel machines from trade. The Barrier Reef also continues to trade restricted hours I believe.
Note: Win here is a win for the pokie not the punter! Numbers are ex Casino for Cairns City SA2.