News

Not Happy Gilmore: Clive's cranky over 'tacky' claim

Jeff the tyrannosaurus rex towers over golfers at Palmer Coolum Resort. Clive Palmer has plans for 149 more just like him.
Jeff the tyrannosaurus rex towers over golfers at Palmer Coolum Resort. Clive Palmer has plans for 149 more just like him. Brett Wortman

MINING magnate Clive Palmer has hit back at a Noosa-based councillor who labelled his dinosaur plan for the Sunshine Coast as 'tacky'.

Cr Russell Green told local ABC radio that the idea of having 150 robotic dinosaurs at the prestigious Coolum resort was 'quite bizarre''.

"It is almost turning into a scene out of Happy Gilmore where you putt down the fairway and you bounce the ball off T Rex's left leg and then get it into the 18th hole.''

Cr Green said the former Hyatt resort has spent years building an international reputation for a premium tourist product - and as the host of the Australian PGA championship.

But Mr Palmer said Cr Green should first visit his Coolum resort and check out what was actually planned before making comments in the media.

"Well poor old Russell hasn't been out there to see it.

"There's no dinosaurs on any golf course at all.''

Mr Palmer says his life size replica dinosaur will be an attraction at the prestigious PGA Championships Golf event.

The eccentric billionaire  has previously announced plans import dinosaurs from overseas for his Palmer Coolum Resort and has already erected a life size T-Rex he has nicknamed "Jeff", widely interpreted as a dig at Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney - a suggestion denied by Mr Palmer.

The LNP's biggest financial backer told ABC Coast FM on Wednesday that he planned to create a 'world class' museum that would feature 85% of the world's dinosaurs in the one location.

He said the dinosaurs were being built overseas based on fossil records and would be an accurate replication of those that wandered the earth millions of years ago.

Mr Palmer said he got the idea for the dinosaurs after discussions about some politicians being dinosaurs - and after a story in the Sunshine Coast Daily about him cloning dinosaurs attracted worldwide attention - and job applications from scientists.

Cr Green said if Mr Palmer wanted to put in more than four dinosaurs he would need to seek council approval.

Mr Palmer said Cr Green should take note of public opinion behind his dinosaur park plan, if he wanted to be re-elected.

>> Listen to the ABC interview here

He said the dinosaur park would be a great wonder for children and families from around the world.

"For people to want to deny them that happiness is just beyond me.''

And he said he would take the councillor up on the suggestion of a putt putt course - saying it would be an ideal attraction for families and encourage children to get into golf.

Mr Palmer said the dinosaurs would not be on the golf course but in a wooded area of the resort.

He also issued a statement saying the tournament lead the way for promotion of Coast tourism.

"The PGA Championship is an event that brings the whole world to Queensland to watch the tournament live or on television," he said.

"At Palmer Coolum Resort we have the premier golf course in Queensland and we are delighted to show the rest of the world what a fantastic tourism location we have.

"Of course we now have 'Jeff', our huge T-Rex, as an added attraction and I'm sure he will enjoy the attention from both golfers and spectators."
 

Topics:  clive palmer, russell green, sunshine coast




Protest against greyhound racing at Ipswich Court house

A protester outside Ipswich courthouse where Tom Noble will be sentenced on animal cruelty charges.

Racing identity Tom Noble to be sentenced today on cruelty charges

Trusted Ipswich GP's emotional exit after 40 years

NEW LIFE AHEAD: Dr John Jackson of Grange Road Medical Centre is retiring.

Dr Jackson has never kissed so many women

Secret men's business thriving in Ipswich

EXPANSION: Blair MP Shayne Neumann with the men at the Beacon Community Men's Shed, who will triple the size of their shed after $10,000 in funding.

Men's Shed to triple in size after new funding

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


This week's community billboard

Want to get involved in gardening? The Glebe Rd Uniting Church Garden Club meets first Saturday of each month.

Toastmaster, Tai Chi, Scouts, the Men's Shed and more

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m