Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Council threatens dinosaur extinction

Mining magnate Clive Palmer bragged about his life size replica dinosaur being an attraction at the prestigious PGA Championships Golf event on the same day a Sunshine Coast councillor voiced concerns about the billionaire's "tacky" plans.

Mr Palmer has previously announced plans to build 150 robotic dinosaurs at 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 though Mr Palmer denies it.

The resort plays host to the Australian PGA Championship from December 13 and more than 36,000 spectators are expected at the grounds.

Sunshine Coast councillor Russell Green said the plans for 150 dinosaurs were tacky and Mr Palmer was in danger of turning the prestigious resort into a "version of Looney Tunes".

‘‘It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t pleased, it is just ridiculous,’’ he said.

Cr Green said he did not know if he would oppose the erection of 149 more dinosaurs as ‘‘you can’t pre-judge an application’’ but if Mr Palmer pushed forward with the plans the resort would become a theme park.

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