Australian magnate to build 'Jurassic Park'
The Australian mining tycoon who is building a replica of the Titanic, Clive Palmer, has been given approval to build the world's biggest dinosaur park at his coastal resort in the state of Queensland.
The park will exhibit up to 160 moving and roaring replica dinosaurs, including five Tyrannosaurus Rex robots up to 25-feet high, as well as a 30-foot Ruyangosaurus. The creatures, to be imported from China, will move their tails and chests and blink their eyes.
Queensland's Sunshine Coast council unanimously approved the plans after rejecting concerns expressed by locals that the dinosaurs would lower the reputation of Mr Palmer’s Coolum Resort.
A councillor, Jason O’Pray, said he initially opposed the application but believed the park would be “subtle”.
‘‘It’s a very small, low-key dinosaur display at best,’’ he said.
‘‘This is not Disneyland. It is not a theme park. It's something that mum and dad will take the kids for a walk down. It's a 300-metre bike track and it's very heavily vegetated. In fact, they want to make it more vegetated so it gives that Jurassic feel."
The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016
Aside from building a replica Titanic which he hopes to launch in 2016, Mr Palmer is also running for prime minister at this year’s election as head of his Palmer United Party.
Mr Palmer has already installed several dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures around his resort, including a 60-foot ancient crocodile, the deinosuchus. The new park will consist of a fenced-off dinosaur exhibit across 1.3 hectares of the 150-hectare resort.
The resort manager, Bill Schoch, who is running as a candidate for the Palmer United Party, said the park would be as realistic as a dinosaur park could be.
"The dinosaur park is set among natural surroundings - the trees are real, the rainforest is real,” he told The Courier Mail.
“The only things that aren't real are the dinosaurs whereas other places in the world would have everything fake.”