Stand-off at Clive Palmer's Coolum resort
ANGRY villa owners at the Palmer Coolum Resort came prepared for a hostile takeover of the luxury holiday accommodation they say they have been locked out of for two years.
About 30 villa owners, represented by a group called the Presidents' Club, travelled from across the country to the resort at the weekend.
They were determined not to leave until they could get in.
A representative, Chris Shannon, said they had a locksmith on standby to force entry into their homes.
In the end it was not necessary.
Retired Sydney barrister Madeleine Gilmour said she threatened to call police when staff attempted to deny her access to her villa and offered her other accommodation instead.
Another villa owner, Maree Fecklington, said when she arrived from Sydney she spent two hours arguing about getting her villa.
She was offered another, better, villa in the same area.
Ultimately, all the owners regained entry into the luxury golf villas they have had part ownership of, some for decades.
The Presidents' Club has been involved in an ongoing legal stoush with resort owner Clive Palmer dating back to 2012 when services, including water and power, were cut off.
Former manager Bill Schoch sent the villa owners a letter saying the disconnection was "due to non-payments of monthly accounts".
The owners have disputed this. They were allowed back to the resort if they paid the standard fee.
But they had decided this state of affairs could not continue and they would regain ownership ahead of a body corporate annual general meeting.
Yesterday morning a large group gathered in one of the villas to prepare for the AGM, at which they planned to comprehensively outvote Mr Palmer's representatives.
Mrs Gilmour said they were determined to ensure they had a majority share in the body corporate.
The meeting dragged on for hours as lawyers for each side checked to ensure those preparing to vote on important body corporate issues had signed the necessary paperwork.
Attempts to strike Presidents' Club members from the vote were unsuccessful.
Mrs Gilmour said that in the end it was 37 to 18, with villa owners beating Mr Palmer's representatives on every motion.
Mrs Gilmour said, however, that she expected Mr Palmer to appeal.