Goodbye Clive Palmer! Maroons call time on Coolum camp
MAL Meninga's history-making Maroons are set to dump their Camp Coolum lucky charm and launch their assault on a ninth straight State of Origin series from a new location on the Gold Coast.
Meninga has orchestrated Queensland's record string of wins over the Blues from the resort for the past five years.
It has transformed its golf driving range into a full-sized rugby league field before each Origin game.
However, Queensland Rugby League chief executive Rob Moore told APN yesterday the board had voted to split with Palmer Coolum Resort.
"At this stage we haven't decided on a new training base," Moore said.
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Meninga, though, is expected to take his champion squad back to the luxurious five star Sanctuary Cove, where he plotted the third of the Maroons' eight successive series victories in 2008 - the year young guns Greg Inglis and Israel Folau made their Origin debuts.
Losing the Origin team camp would be a major blow to the Palmer resort and its owner Clive Palmer, who purchased it from the Hyatt Regency group in 2011 for a reported $80 million.
The resort, which has drastically reduced its staff numbers since Mr Palmer took over, has already lost its signature event, the Australian PGA Championship.
PGA of Australia officials were involved in several skirmishes with Mr Palmer over course advertising and sponsorship in 2012.
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They declined to renew their deal with the tough-talking mining magnate.
Mr Palmer said in a statement his resort had regularly hosted the Queensland State of Origin team and always welcomed "the mighty Maroons with open arms".
"We are proud to have been part of the team's record-breaking run of series wins over NSW," he said.
"In 2012, Palmer Coolum resort made a special dedication to the late, great Arthur Beetson, a man who inspired us all with his prowess on the rugby league field and was one of the game's great immortals."