Clive Palmer's dinosaur about to get bony new friend
JEFF, the Palmer Coolum Resort's Tyrannosaurus Rex, is close to getting the first of many new friends.
Work is under way to complete the construction of another 9m-high dinosaur, an Omeisaurus, within weeks.
Resort general manager Bill Schoch said this dinosaur, whose name was yet to be determined, would be "gracing the (resort's) village square".
Mr Schoch said it was "the reconstruction of a skeleton".
"It will be a bit like something from the National History Museum in London," he said.
Jeff's new friend will be the first of many to take up home at the resort.
The resort's billionaire owner Clive Palmer has lodged an application with the Sunshine Coast Council to transfer a patch of vegetation between the first and fifth fairways into a "dinosaur park".
The application includes, but is not limited to, a motor museum, gallery, tracked car ride, putt-putt golf course, mini-dinosaur exhibit and open space for exhibition, events and car park.
Mr Schoch said the dinosaur park was not going on the golf course.
"It will be on vegetated areas around the resort and will be out of sight (from the golf course)," he said.
"It's absolutely fabulous. It will be in a natural setting."
He could not confirm whether the new dinosaurs would be bigger or smaller than Jeff.
"There are much bigger dinosaurs (than Jeff) that have walked the earth before," Mr Schoch said.
"We are not ruling anything in or out. Who knows, it might be something far, far bigger."
Mr Schoch said the application before council was for a material change of use.
If approved, it could provide work for 20 employees.