Clive Palmer's casino plans revealed
Fri August 3, 2012 5:09pm
FIRST it was Titanic II then rumours of cloning dinosaurs - now mining mogul Clive Palmer has plans for a casino with hovercraft and airport.
Mr Palmer has unveiled plans for a multi-billion-dollar casino complex today, which include an international airport and hovercraft port, at his Coolum Palmer Resort on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.
A trademark for the name Coolum Casino and the domain name www.coolumcasino.com.au were registered in March, leading to speculation the billionaire was planning a casino.
Palmer's mini Las Vegas plans for sleepy town
The ambitious plans unveiled include a casino, as well as a hovercraft station, an international airport, a convention centre, a water park, a beachside amusement park, a wildlife park, a hotel with thousands of rooms and an aquarium.
The planned hovercraft would hold a capacity of up to 400 passengers and would ferry tourists to and from Brisbane and the islands of Moreton Bay.
Mr Palmer said the new complex would be a boost for the regional tourism industry, employing 9000 locals and revitalising the sector across the state, which has struggled to lure visitors since the floods and cyclone Yasi.
The redevelopment would require state government approval to go ahead.
His latest plans come after he has continued to deny he was in talks with a clone research institute on the prospects of bringing dinosaurs back to life.
Palmer denies Jurassic Park style project
He is also in an ongoing war of words with Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan, who recently used Bruce Springsteen's Badlands ballad in his recent tit for tat warfare Mr Palmer.
While Mr Palmer continues to bait Swan with claims he will challenge him at the next Federal election, Mr Palmer, in true Australian fashion, criticised Swan's foreign music taste.
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