Owners 'fed up' with activity at Palmer Coolum Resort
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 re-opening.
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 Shannon said.
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.