MYSTERY surrounds the sudden exit of Clive Palmer's right-hand man Bill Schoch as general manager of the Palmer Coolum resort.

It was announced yesterday that Mr Schoch had been replaced.

Mr Schoch did not return calls late yesterday but a spokesman for Mr Palmer said Mr Schoch would retire at the end of the month.

The detail was originally buried in a press release regarding Mr Palmer's dinosaur park, which listed Simon Stodart as the Palmer Coolum Resort general manager.

Several hours later, a release confirmed Mr Schoch would be moving on and thanked him for his efforts.

Mr Schoch unsuccessfully contested the Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher at the federal election for the Palmer United Party.

Mr Schoch sometimes courted controversy: in November, he said Mr Palmer's election win in the Coast seat of Fairfax had given him a mandate to build a controversial $2.5 billion resort at Coolum.

"The votes he got are for what he has been proposing, what he wants to do for the Sunshine Coast," Mr Schoch said at the time.

"So we believe his endorsement by voters is a support for Clive and what he has been proposing.

"There will be community consultation when it comes down to what we put there."

However, Mr Schoch's statements were quickly dismissed by Mr Palmer as totally wrong.

In July last year, Mr Schoch detailed Mr Palmer's plans for a "jaw-dropping" $4 billion resort at Coolum which included a casino and a chairlift up Mount Coolum. Mr Palmer denied the reports the next day.

Mr Stodart was managing director of commercial and new projects at Queensland Nickel, Mr Palmer's Townsville refinery, before taking up the position at Palmer Coolum Resort.

"Palmer Coolum Resort is currently undergoing a transition phase with the focus on establishing itself as a prominent family tourist destination on the Sunshine Coast," a Palmer press release said.


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