Casinos top job for mum - Friday 12th of August 2005

A MOTHER of two is taking on the role of Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casinos new general manager.

Jackie Hutchinson will arrive in the North with her husband and children later this month to take up the senior posting.

The job was left vacant after Dave Steinhardt resigned in June to open his own business.

Ms Hutchinson has held senior positions with Harrahs Hotels and Casinos in New Orleans and Illinois as well as with the Sky City Entertainment Group in New Zealand.

"I believe my experience from working in properties around the world will be valuable in my new role," Ms Hutchinson said.

"Townsville is a wonderful community and a city that is looking forward to a number of exciting developments and opportunities in the future.

"I have enjoyed my visits to Townsville in the past, for both work and holidays, and my family and I are delighted to be able to live in such a beautiful part of Queensland."

Ms Hutchinson said she would make meeting the team at the casino property and the Townsville community her first priority.

Ms Hutchinson most recently held the position of national gaming manager for the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group in Melbourne.

Tabcorp (Jupiters owner) chief executive of casinos David Banks yesterday welcomed Ms Hutchinson to the role.

Mr Banks said her international experience would be extremely valuable to the property and to Townsville.

"Ms Hutchinson has an impressive history in senior management of casino properties in a number of countries and we welcome her to the team," Mr Banks said.

Mr Steinhardt left the company after 14 years in the hotel and casino industry and four years as Jupiters general manager.

Mr Steinhardts resignation caught many city leaders by surprise and he also resigned his positions as a member of Townsville Enterprise, chairman of the Late Night Traders Association and treasurer of the Australian Casinos Association.

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