Clive Palmer launches new tourist attraction in Coolum

Billionaire Clive Palmer’s car museum has turned on him for the first time, but maybe it’s better to expand?

The mining magnate is heading back to the future at his resort town of Coolum, filing a development application with the Sunshine Coast Council to build a mega car museum on the property.

If approved, the draw would be built on the golf resort’s existing driving range, which would mean having to move the course to another neighborhood.

This is likely to come under scrutiny from the council as the prized 18-hole course is registered under a convent designed to ‘maintain and protect playing areas and non-playing areas’.

The covenant prevents the owner from applying for development on the playing areas, without the written approval of council, other than for a golf course, golf-related uses or facilities, special events or recreation occasional, notes the accommodation request.

The mining magnate and political figure first opened his personal, multimillion-dollar car collection to the public as the Palmer Motorama Museum in 2013.

The museum was housed in a temporary marquee near the entrance to its Palmersaurus dinosaur park, which opened the same year to much controversy, with moving, noisy creatures placed near the resort’s guest houses and on the grounds golf.

Mr. Palmer has been quietly renovating the resort since it fell into disrepair, along with many of his empty units.

Sunny Coast News understands that $100 million will be spent on the renovation rescue and new attractions, including the 623-vehicle display, the revitalized town square hoped to become a foodie hub, a wonder of the world, including a fountain of Life-size Trevi and a three-storey car park.

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It is proposed that the driving range be moved to another neighborhood. Picture: Facebook

To make way for the car museum, Mr. Palmer’s company, Cœur De Lion, is proposing to move the driving range to compound 5B.

This would “ensure that all playing and non-playing areas of the golf course are maintained within the overall development intent of the site,” says the development application filed by Adams and Sparkes’ notes.

Since the proposed development application is for non-golf related purposes, the applicant is seeking council approval to file the development application.

The world-class golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr has hosted 11 Australian PGA Championships.

The proposed tourism project is considered to have an assessable impact and would require a significant change of use.

The controversial Palmersaurus dinosaur park at the resort.

The Palmer Motorama museum contained 100 cars, including an arctic white 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph and ten other Rolls Royces, as well as a 1930s Bugatti Type 57.

But the proposed new museum would be much bigger.

The development application aims to have 543 car display bays, 80 motorcycle display bays, a gift shop, a lobby and a special display area.

It would have a total gross floor area of ​​20,801 m² and a maximum height of 8.4 m above the flood risk allowance.

It is also proposed to redevelop the existing parking lot at ground level into a three-storey car park comprising 460 parking spaces and 56 motorcycle parking spaces.

Earlier this year, Mr Palmer branded a story that he bought Adolf Hitler’s bulletproof Mercedes-Benz to be displayed in a car museum planned for the Gold Coast as “fake news”.

The former Palmer Motorama Museum housed 100 examples from Clive Palmer’s personal collection, including this Bayard.

The proposed parking lot would be general purpose parking for “all facets of the Palmer Coolum Resort, including the proposed resort, golf course and automobile museum,” the development application states.

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It would have a maximum height of 8.5 m above the flood hazard tolerance.

Development of the Palmer Coolum Resort is currently regulated in accordance with the Coolum Hyatt Resort Community Master Plan.

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