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Green Light for Australian Billionaire's Dinosaur Park

Aug. 6, 2013

A struggling resort hotel on Australia's east coast is hoping to turn its fortunes around with the world's largest collection of life-size dinosaur statues.

Queensland mining tycoon Clive Palmer has received the approval of the Sunshine Coast council to erect 165 models of prehistoric creatures at the Palmer Coolum Resort, 120 kilometres north of Brisbane, Brisbane's Courier Mail reports.

Palmer, famous for ordering a $1-billion replica of the cruise liner Titanic from a Chinese shipyard, has already installed 40 exhibits, including an animated tyrannosaurus rex and a 20-metre deinosuchus.

"Work is well under way at the site to ensure the dinosaurs blend seamlessly into the natural vegetation and create a realistic prehistoric environment that will be entertaining, informative and educational," Palmer said in a statement.

Over 200 objections were lodged with the council over Palmer's plans to enhance the appeal of what used to be the upmarket Hyatt Coolum, popular with politicians and celebrities.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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