WITH his Palmersaurus theme park officially open, Clive Palmer is focusing his attention on the upgrade of the Sunshine Coast Airport to attract tourists from all over the world.

And he has another heavy hitter in his corner, with Terri Irwin throwing her support behind him.

The mining magnate and the environmentalist made unlikely allies at yesterday's opening of Palmersaurus, where Mr Palmer revealed the airport was his next focus.

"Terri's Australia Zoo is much superior to anything else in the world and we've got to be proud of it and promote it and get people here to see it," he said.

"This dinosaur park is the biggest in the world - we have now taken that title from Texas.

"It is remnant of a world that used to be and we don't want to see our world end up like the dinosaurs so we've got to take care of the environment and have a positive message for the people."

IMPRESSED: Buderim’s Andrew, Ashton and Oliver Johnson give Palmersaurus the thumbs-up.
IMPRESSED: Buderim’s Andrew, Ashton and Oliver Johnson give Palmersaurus the thumbs-up.

Terri Irwin was accompanied at the opening by her children, Bindi and Robert.

"It's wonderful to see Clive taking such an interest in tourism on the Sunshine Coast, because he doesn't do anything by halves and when he says he is going to do something it's inevitably going to be the biggest and the best," she said.

"I think it's very important that we are capitalising on what we are good at and Australians have the luckiest country on planet Earth.

"We are good at showing people a good time with a beautiful country and spectacular wildlife and now we have an 'est', the biggest dinosaur park in the world.

"I think that the direction we are taking with the international airport is a very intelligent decision and as development on the Sunshine Coast increases we need to make easier transportation ... whether people are flying here internationally or wanting to use more and better bus services, and we always need more and better bike lanes.

HAPPY SNAPPER: D’Artagnan Smith, 10, has some dinosaur action to show his mates.
HAPPY SNAPPER: D’Artagnan Smith, 10, has some dinosaur action to show his mates.

"I think the sky is the limit and the international airport is a huge step in the right direction, and I think I'll start by lobbying Mr Palmer on it."

Mr Palmer defended the $100 admission charge for a family of two adults and three children to enter Palmersaurus - $175 if the same family wanted to visit both Palmersaurus and the Palmer Motorama.

"This is a lot cheaper than going to Disneyland," he said.

"If you went there (Disneyland) in France or Japan, they don't have a dinosaur park as good as this, so save the airfare and come to our dinosaurs and save money because you are seeing the very best in the world."

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