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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, dinosaur park, russell green, sunshine coast


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