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What does everyone think the chances of Palmer actually pulling through with this is:


Clive's $4b Coast reveal

Mark Furler | 14th July 2012 2:00 AM


CLIVE Palmer has detailed "jaw dropping" plans to spend up to $4 billion to create an international hotel, casino and tourism destination on the Sunshine Coast on a par with world-class facilities in Dubai.

The billionaire met Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson for almost three hours yesterday to reveal his plans which might include development of a chairlift or skylink to Mt Coolum.

Cr Jamieson revealed he had met Mr Palmer in response to a question at a Property Council luncheon yesterday. The Mayor told the luncheon it was a "very interesting discussion" but was coy on the details, saying they were confidential.

But Bill Schoch, general manager of the Palmer Coolum Resort, told the Daily the "multifaceted" plans involving a $3 billion to $4 billion investment would put the Sunshine Coast on the international map.

Mr Palmer wanted to "make a major destination of world-class significance" at Coolum similar to developments in Dubai.

"It is on a massive scale but it will all be done with local sensitivity," Mr Schoch said. "It is very exciting. When it is fully announced it will be jaw dropping."

The Daily understands Mr Palmer met the Mayor from 6.30am to 9.15am with Mr Palmer doing most of the talking.

Mr Schoch said it would be some months before the plans were made public because Mr Palmer wanted to ensure his plans were likely to be approved by various levels of government before he announced them.

"He does not like to announce things that are not going to work,'' he said.

"He is a man who does what he says.''

When asked whether the plans could include tourism facilities on Mt Coolum such as a chairlift or skylink, Mr Schoch said: "There are precedents for private facilities in national parks.''

"I am not going to confirm or deny whether that might happen here.''

But he said Mt Coolum was certainly a 'standout feature'.
 

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Do we really want the Sunshine Coast to go the way of the Gold Coast? Right now they are two very different destinations and I for one believe they would be better off playing to their own individual strengths. At any rate, wouldn't a casino on the Sunshine Coast do little more then cannibalise the tourist base of the Gold Coast? Clive Palmer would be better off investing in something like this north of the Tweed. I'm sure Cr Tom Tate would welcome it.
 

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I'm very suspicious of anything Clive Palmer. He might have big ideas but that's very different to plans to go through with them.

I also agree that the Sunshine Coast should play to its strengths, but then it could be argued that it already does that well enough. Perhaps the last thing the area needs is significant growth?
 

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I'm very suspicious of anything Clive Palmer. He might have big ideas but that's very different to plans to go through with them.
Agree. What happened to running against Wayne Swan, then Bob Katter in the next election? Also haven't heard any more about the Titanic rebuild.
 

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Well, it isn't quite the $4b project promised...

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has revealed plans to develop an international airport on the Sunshine Coast and a 1000-room beachfront hotel and a high-rollers' casino at the site of his Coolum resort.

His proposal to transform the region into "one of the world's top tourism destinations" includes a 400-person, ocean-going hovercraft service that would whisk people from Brisbane’s CBD to Coolum.

There has been much speculation about the billionaire's plans to boost the Sunshine Coast's ailing tourism industry since he ousted Hyatt Hotels as manager of the golf resort he purchased last year.

Today he unveiled plans for a $2.5 billion redevelopment of the recently renamed Palmer Coolum Resort, which would include a theme park, water park, aquarium and convention centre.

He said he also intends to link the upgraded Sunshine Coast airport and the resort with a new monorail system.

Mr Palmer has previously dismissed reports he would build a casino on the Sunshine Coast, but he confirmed today a gaming facility would be included in the new resort.

He also said he would consider having an A380 aircraft on constant rotation between Australia's capital cities and the expanded Maroochydoore airport for travellers free-of-charge.

“The new airport will be capable of taking A380s and 747 Jumbo jets from Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo directly to the Sunshine Coast,'' he said.

He said he would fund the airport upgrade through an unnamed subsidiary company.

Mr Palmer has dubbed the plan the "Sunshine Coast World Tourist Mecca'', estimating it will create more than 9000 jobs in the region.

The resort's workforce would increase to more than 2500 staff once it opened.

“Hawaii and other Pacific nations have taken all the real tourism growth out of the Australian and Queensland economies,’’ he said.

"We have not been able to compete with the beachfront development at Waikiki in Hawaii or with Fiji and other destinations because of restrictions.''

He said the plans would be released for public comment, before he made any development submissions to government.
"The next step is really up to the people of Queensland," he said.

He said he would spend the next six months determining whether the community wanted the redevelopment.

The construction phase was estimated to take about three years.


THE RESORT:

- New beachfront hotels offering 1000 rooms and a rooftop entertainment area with ocean views
- A high-rollers’ casino with a $100 entry fee for locals
- A huge retail precinct with shops, restaurants, ten-pin bowling alley and rooftop lawn bowls area
- A convention centre that can host 5000 people with underground parking for up to 3000 cars


ON-SITE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

- A massive aviary to accommodate native birds in ‘‘a sustainable environment’’
- A native wildlife park
- A family theme park set out over 31 hectares
- A beachside water park
- An aquarium offering tourists an ‘‘unforgettable experience’’
- An 18-hole golf course


TRANSPORT:

- Expand Sunshine Coast Airport to allow A380s and 747 jets from Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo land directly at the resort
- A monorail system to take visitors to and from the airport and around the complex
- A port for an ocean-going hovercraft to ferry up to 400 passengers at a time from the Brisbane CBD to Coolum
- Air and sea links to Fraser Island, the Moreton Bay islands and the Great Barrier Reef
- A special A380 jet to circle the Australian mainland and take passengers directly to and from the complex


EMPLOYMENT:

- Employ an on-site workforce of more than 2500 staff when operating
- Expected to generate 9000 jobs for the Sunshine Coast.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/tra...national-airport-on-coast-20120803-23jjx.html

It's one thing to be visionary... and another to be Clive Palmer
 

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Another big announcement from Mr Palmer! The big question, like with the Titanic II, will it actually see the light of day?

I have to say, as much of a twit as Clive is, at least he's not scared to think big! We need more people in the tourism industry, not to mention government, who are able to really come up with these pie-in-the-sky ideas. Yes, a lot of them may never come to realisation, but better that we see one big one come about than half a dozen mediocre projects IMO!
 

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It's one thing to be visionary... and another to be Clive Palmer
Classic quote.

IMO that are 2 things that are important for crackpot visionaries: A monorail and a hovercraft! Clive has just managed to fit them into the one proposal.

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IMO no way this will see the light of day.

Having lived 17 years on the Sunshine Coast, I think it's fair to say the locals will be outraged beyond belief if anyone even contemplates this concept.
 

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Palmers biggest issue is that he thinks out loud. This project looks like it has had some thought put into it however. I dont see the fascination with casinos but any developement on the coast is good. The A380 is bullshit
 

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What happened to him cloning dinosaurs and doing a Jurassic Park here...and wheres the space port in all these plans? Anyway I hope the rest happens.
 

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He is such a bullshitter who can know what is true until you see something built and walk around the back to make sure it's not a prop held up with sticks.
 

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Palmers biggest issue is that he thinks out loud. This project looks like it has had some thought put into it however. I dont see the fascination with casinos but any developement on the coast is good. The A380 is bullshit
I am usually opposed to "mega-developments" like this, but I think it could work. I'm not sure about others on this forum, but I'm anti-casino, and I hope we never see one on the Sunshine Coast.

If it goes ahead I think it could be very good, providing environmental concerns are seriously taken into consideration, and the locals support the project. If he wants to consult with the locals it is a good thing.

The hotel, convention centre, and retail/dining precint idea is ok, and the design looks alright. I'd scrap the casino idea though.

I agree the A380 idea really is pie in the sky, that is not going to happen no matter how much money Mr Palmer has.
 

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Thttp://www.sekisuihouse.com.au/home?gclid=CLvItYfekMICFVNwvAodJGAAIwhis has been a smokescreen, at one stage Clive Palmer had announced that he would distribute a brochure on this development to everyone on the Sunshine Coast, it is 2014 and we are nearly into 2015, this project appears to be dead in the water, it was probably a smokescreen for this project, which is causing quite a bit of controvery on the Sunshine Coast.
 
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