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 ig s om si