Own­ers ‘fed up’ with Clive

$5000 of­fer for tes­ti­mony

The Gympie Times - - REGIONAL NEWS - ASH­LEY CARTER Ash­ley.Carter@sc­news.com.au

VILLA own­ers have made ex­plo­sive al­le­ga­tions against Clive Palmer’s ac­tiv­ity at his Palmer Coolum Re­sort, and are of­fer­ing a $5000 in­cen­tive to get his fugi­tive nephew, Clive Mensink, to tes­tify against the bil­lion­aire.

The Pres­i­dents Club Golf Body Cor­po­rate is will­ing to help pay for Mr Mensink’s busi­ness-class ticket if it means he can be ques­tioned in court about al­le­ga­tions against Mr Palmer.

Body cor­po­rate com­mit­tee mem­ber Chris Shan­non says the lux­ury as­set had been left to rot over an on­go­ing feud with Mr Palmer.

He said there had been fre­quent in­ci­dents over the past four years that pointed to­wards Mr Palmer “in­ten­tion­ally” stop­ping the re­sort from re­open­ing.

The most re­cent al­le­ga­tion, a cut-off power switch, has led the body cor­po­rate to of­fer a $5000 re­ward for any­one who can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, plus a $5000 in­cen­tive for PPB, the liq­uida­tor for Queens­land Nickel, to bring Mr Mensink back.

Body cor­po­rate of­fi­cials were alerted to 25 units with­out power last Fri­day. Af­ter call­ing elec­tri­cians to in­ves­ti­gate, it was dis­cov­ered some­one had pulled apart a switch box, cut power lines to the units, taped them back safely and re-as­sem­bled the switch box.

Mr Shan­non said be­cause there was no break ins and the cul­prits ob­vi­ously knew ex­actly where to go, it had to be some­one with keys to the build­ings. The only key-hold­ers were Mr Shan­non and re­sort staff, he said.

The in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Queens­land Po­lice and body cor­po­rate will soon in­stall CCTV cam­eras.

Mr Shan­non said sim­i­lar in­ci­dents had hap­pened sev­eral times at the re­sort over the past four years. The body cor­po­rate has been try­ing to get a wa­ter me­ter in­stalled so they can get peo­ple back into the units, but Mr Shan­non said Mr Palmer “didn’t want that to hap­pen”.

“Clive has ap­pealed the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove the plumber’s plan to process and put in and in­stall a wa­ter me­ter, so we have to go to a full ap­peal,” he said.

Mr Shan­non said coun­cil told the body cor­po­rate it had never seen any­one ap­peal its de­ci­sion to ap­prove a plumber’s plan be­fore.

“It’s just gone too far now,.” Mr Palmer said he knew noth­ing about the in­ci­dent when con­tacted by the Daily.

De­spite set backs, Mr Shan­non said some units should be ready for Christ­mas.

Photo: craig warhurst

RE­WARD OF­FERED: Chris Shan­non and body cor­po­rate com­mit­tee mem­bers have blamed an on­go­ing feud with Clive Palmer for dis­con­nected power to Palmer Coolum Re­sort vil­las.

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