A WAR of words has ensued between Clive Palmer and Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney over the mining magnate's grand plans for the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Seeney shot down Mr Palmer's claims of government prejudice against his $2.5billion vision for Coolum, titling him a "spoilt billionaire who hasn't been able to get his way with the government."
This month, Mr Palmer released his huge plans for his recently-acquired Coolum resort, including a casino, expansion of the Sunshine Coast airport and a theme park.
At a press conference in Brisbane on Friday, Mr Palmer said Mr Seeney had told him he would not support his proposal if it came before him.
"Mr Seeney said to me he was not going to approve our proposal on the Sunshine Coast to employ 9000 people...he said he was not going to support our proposal before we even lodged it, before he has even seen it," he said. "It's presumptuous. It presumes we will lodge one (application) and it's also presumptuous that he will be the Minister for State Development considering it."
But Mr Seeney said he only told Mr Palmer he could not approve an expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport because it was owned by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
"What he is referring to is an expansion of the airport at Maroochydore," Mr Seeney said. "I explained to him that was infrastructure owned by the council and the State Government could not override the council.
"That is a good example of the sorts of demands he has been making on our government. It's nonsense to suggest that a state government is going to go crashing in there and override the local government to give him what he wants.
"He is going to be treated like every other Queenslander and no amount of bullying or intimidation is going to change that."
Mr Seeney said he would assess the Palmer Coolum Resort development application like any other.
The huge tourist development will include the construction of1000 hotel rooms on dunes on the beach at Yaroomba - sparking protests from local residents and environmentalists.
While Mr Palmer acknowledged 20% of feedback received had been negative, a majority were in favour of his tourist mecca.
"About 80% of people have been positive for it and 20% have been negative," he told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.
"The people that have been negative for it have the right to be negative and right to be listened to. And that is what we are going to do.
"And you know, the world is a big place, there is plenty of places we can invest $3-4 billion and plenty of governments that are keen to do it."
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