The swimming pool at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
The swimming pool at the Palmer Coolum Resort. Maree Frecklington

Five-star resort to mosquito infested: Palmer resort saga

CLIVE Palmer's Coolum resort is one again in ruins with the once sparkling, lagoon-style swimming pools now breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Maree Frecklington, who has "camped" at a villa in the resort with no electricity and water since November 2015, has taken a series of photographs to show how

They show pools filled with brown, grimy water and the once prized Palmersaurus exhibits clearly neglected.

Ms Frecklington believes the resort has become a breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

 

Another Palmersaurus exhibit which collects mosquitoes.
Another Palmersaurus exhibit which collects mosquitoes. Maree Frecklignton

She has called on Sunshine Coast Council officers to come out and clean the swimming pools after each heavy rain.

"The pools turn green after every rain," Ms Frecklington said.

"The Village Square pool has a large catchment area. The council should be down there pumping it out as the mosquitoes are so bad you can't go outside."

When Mr Palmer invited the Daily to visit the resort in December, the pools were clean and the property had been tidied.

Clearly little had happened since then.

And while some of the villa owners at the resort would be getting their electricity and water restored to their property soon, Ms Frecklington was going to have to wait longer.

She is a part-share owner in one of the President's Club's tennis villas, near the existing tennis courts.

 

The swimming pool has been green at Palmer Coolum Resort.
The swimming pool has been green at Palmer Coolum Resort. Maree Frecklington

Mr Palmer and his interests owned the majority share in this body corporate and requests to have water and electricity restored had, so far, gone unanswered.

Ms Frecklington has learned to live without the basic necessities of water and electricity.

"I'm not going to give up," she said.

"I own a title to this land. Clive Palmer is one of 91 owners, however, he has more titles than all the others."

 

Palmer Coolum Resort in December 2016.
Palmer Coolum Resort in December 2016. John McCutcheon

Ms Frecklington continued to pay her $5000 annual body corporate fees, even though she was getting little in return.

"I (stay at the resort) out of sheer stubbornness. I can go elsewhere to have a break now and then."

She survives because "I have always liked camping".

"The nature here is amazing in the morning and night. I'm pretty black and white about things and I know survival tricks."

She also goes out daily to buy food and go to the bathroom.

Mr Palmer has not responded to the Daily's calls for comment.



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