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'Jobs must come before turtles'

Clive Palmer has unveiled plans in Brisbane for the redevelopment of his Coolum resort.
Clive Palmer has unveiled plans in Brisbane for the redevelopment of his Coolum resort.

CLIVE Palmer has revealed his mind-blowing plans for a $2.5 billion investment at his Coolum resort "took over six months to put together".

In a lengthy interview with the ABC, Mr Palmer discussed the thinking behind his beachfront development, turtles and jobs.

His statements come less than a month after the eccentric billionare said "there is no proposal from us to do anything on the Sunshine Coast".

Now Mr Palmer is urging the Sunshine Coast to "rise up and say they want jobs for their children, a future for the area".

Mr Palmer said the plans were 'based on international marketing demands" and the need for the Sunshine Coast to "consider itself as a tourist destination".

He said his multi-storey beachfront accommodation doesn't "impact on anyone else's space" and the building alignment was "roughly aligned with the building alignment we had for the buildings."

"It seems okay for residents to be on the beach, but they don't want tourists on the beach," he said.

He doubted the state government or Julia Gillard would be giving the Coast $400 million to build an international airport.

"The council hasn't got the money, quite frankly."

Concerns about the scale of his project where also downplayed.

"Really, compared to world scale it's not extra big," he said.

"Go to Las Vegas, Hawaii or other major destinations and they have more facilities.

"The point is unless we have that scale we won't get the large wholesalers in Asia".

Mr Palmer left no doubt about his views on the dunes in the area.

"We don't want to protect the dunes, we want to remove the dunes, that's the whole point,'' he said.

"We want to put in that area a hotel, that will attract people, provide jobs and give a future."

He denied turtles had been using that area to make a home.

"There are no turtles on that beach, it's as simple as that.

Turtles ahve an ability to swim, birds have an ability to fly.

"Once we have tourist activity they will move up to the other 12000 miles of beach in Australia.''

The dune area is full of black snakes. Residents are complaining about black snakes. All of these things the press people are a beat up."

Mr Palmer said he wasn't talking "high-rise" for the beachfront accommodation and it would be "about the same height as other buildings in Coolum".

"People like to knock thing, they've liked to knock me since I was five-years old.

"I don't mind, it's not my problem, its their problem.

"People are crying out for jobs, the university and tafes here cant' train anyone and families are breaking up because of the Coast's economy.

"Whats wrong about giving them jobs?  What's wrong with doing something positive for the community rather than sitting back and saying it's 'no good'.

"It's not for one or two journalists to make this decision."

He again denied suggestions he had been in talks about cloning dinasours, as suggested in the Daily last week.

Mr Palmer repeatedly claimed he was never contacted for his comment on the issue.

In fact, Mr Palmer's press contact was contacted by telephone and by email by the Daily last Monday for comments on Mr Palmer's interest in dinasours and cloning.

"As I said, Clive will be having a presser on Friday. Feel free to ask those questions then," was the comment from the Palmer camp.

Topics:  clive palmer, coolum, employment, jobs, sunshine coast, turtles




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