Clive scales back plans for his Coolum resort - for now

Jeff the dinosaur is a key feature of the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Jeff the dinosaur is a key feature of the Palmer Coolum Resort.

BILLIONAIRE Clive Palmer has scaled back his mammoth plans for his dinosaur theme park, mini-golf and tracked car rides at his Coolum resort - for now.

The application before the Sunshine Coast Council will allow for the quick opening of Mr Palmer's vintage car museum.

The vintage car museum has also been moved from the indoor convention centre to a new home at the former chipping green.

Also included in the application is a proposal for the car park at the entrance of the resort to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the expected buses of school groups and motor-vehicle enthusiasts.

Resort manager Bill Schoch said the new application before council - now open for public submission - differed "quite considerably" from the original plans.

"We have brought the vintage car museum to where the old chipping green was," Mr Schoch said.

"The dinosaur park is in the area on the left-hand side of the first fairway.

"It has been scaled down, but it is still quite a large area and can contain the number of dinosaurs we want.

"This will help with a permit to get it up quicker."

As to when it was hoped the museum would be opened, Mr Schoch responded "sooner than people think". The minigolf and tracked car rides are still on the agenda.

The application before the council also includes the mention of an "electrical pad and mount sub-station".

Mr Schoch understood this to be planning for a sub-station for a proposed monorail, which would run from the airport to the resort.

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