Published on August 6th, 2012 | by john.weir1
9,000 new jobs created on the Gold Coast
Leading businessman Professor Clive Palmer has announced plans for a massive redevelopment of Palmer Coolum Resort which will generate 9,000 jobs for the Sunshine Coast and elevate the region to be one of the world’s top tourism destinations.
Professor Palmer today released concept plans for a new Sunshine Coast International Airport, a new beachfront hotel and retail development, convention centre, casino, theme park, water park, aviary and aquarium at the Coolum site.
“This will boost the resort’s workforce to more than 2500 staff when operating,” he said. ”The new airport will be capable of taking A380s and 747 Jumbo jets from Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo directly to the Sunshine Coast.
“We estimate this project and its flow on effects could generate more than 9,000 jobs for the Sunshine Coast region during construction.”Hawaii and other Pacific nations have taken all the real tourism growth out of the Australian and Queensland economies. We have not been able to compete with the beachfront development at Waikiki in Hawaii or with Fiji and other destinations because of restrictions.
“As a consequence of this, Queensland jobs and families have suffered as have our children’s future and the state’s revenue. It’s time we made a change and reclaimed the state’s mantle as Australia’s and the world’s premium tourist destination.”
Professor Palmer said the project when completed will help make the Sunshine Coast one of the most popular tourism regions in the world. ”I believe there is a strong willingness from people on the Sunshine Coast for a major job creating project like this to happen,” he said.
“There haven’t been any major tourism developments in Queensland since the 1970s and 1980s and we are looking to raise the bar again with this project.”Professor Palmer said a key to the Coolum project’s success would be the proposed expansion of the nearby Sunshine Coast Airport to allow for more flights from Asia.
“This will significantly boost the region’s capacity to accommodate both domestic and international visitors and it will create enormous interest in a country such as China and its growing tourism market.”The Sunshine Coast is a magnificent region and the gateway to Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. We want to make it one of the great tourism destinations on the planet.”Professor Palmer plans to link the revamped airport to the resort with a proposed new monorail system.
“We also plan to operate an ocean-going hovercraft service with capacity for up to 400 people from the Brisbane CBD to Coolum,” he said.”This will enable people to get to the resort from Brisbane quickly. They can stay at the resort or they can just come up on the night and enjoy an amazing dining experience before going back to Brisbane.”Professor Palmer said the new beachfront hotels will offer a thousand rooms and will include a rooftop entertainment area with ocean views.
He said the other proposals were for a high rollers casino, an aquarium offering an “unforgettable experience”, an aviary to accommodate multiple species of native Australian birds in a sustainable environment, a beachside water park and a theme park. ”The theme park has been designated for an 80 acre area and our options include family oriented attractions,” he said. “We also plan to build a convention centre which can host 5,000 people and have underground parking for up to 3,000 cars.”
Professor Palmer said the redevelopment plans featured a significant boost to the retail and dining offerings currently available at the Palmer Coolum Resort. ”We want people at Noosa to come here to shop and eat. The new resort will boast international retail brands and a wide spectrum of food and entertainment experiences.” Professor Palmer said the development proposals would be put to the Sunshine Coast community for consideration.
“We will spend the next six months seeing if the community wants the Sunshine Coast to lead the world,” he said. “The construction phase would take approximately three years.”
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