Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer

Seeney 'doubts' Clive's plans

MINING magnate Clive Palmer's huge Sunshine Coast dreams were on the verge of turning into a nightmare yesterday after Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said he had "severe doubts" about the ambitious $2.5 billion plans.

"There are a number of projects that Mr Palmer proposes or has proposed that don't fit with the government's policies," Mr Seeney told the Daily.

Foremost among them was Mr Palmer's plan for a massive tourism development at the foot of Mt Coolum stretching to the Yaroomba beach dunes.

The plans, with extensive artist's impressions, have been leaked to the Daily for the past few weeks.

"We have made it very clear to Mr Palmer that he must go through the same process as everyone else," Mr Seeney said.

His comments echoed the sentiments of the Sunshine Coast Council, although he was far blunter.

Sources confirmed yesterday that Mr Palmer was yet to lodge any development applications with the council.

Early this month, the billionaire unveiled his plans for a new airport, beachfront hotel and retail development, casino, theme park, water park, aviary and aquarium at Coolum.

Mr Palmer said the project, which would also include a monorail, would create 9000 jobs during construction.

He said employment at his Coolum Palmer Resort would grow to 2500 people.

New beachfront hotels would add 1000 rooms, he said.

And the project would include a 5000-seat convention centre.

He said he wanted to upgrade Sunshine Coast Airport, which is owned by the council, so it could take more international flights.

However, for any of the plans to go ahead, Mr Palmer must seek and secure approval from the council.

If environmental issues were involved, and it seemed they would be, he must get approvals from state and federal governments.

Mr Seeney's remarks yesterday followed Mr Palmer's criticism on Monday of the pace of Campbell Newman's LNP government public service job cuts.

Mr Newman retorted that Mr Palmer, a key LNP supporter, had tried to bully his government into approving mining projects.

It seems Mr Palmer may be on the outer with the State Government.

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