A DINOSAUR invasion is looming in the Swan Valley.
News is spreading of a proposal for an interactive prehistoric museum in Middle Swan.
The City of Swan received a planning application for a $4.1 million dinosaur park on a 4.5ha vacant block bounded by Septimus View on its northern and eastern sides.
The venue is expected to be a little like Palmersaurus, the dinosaur theme park that controversial MP Clive Palmer spent a small fortune in developing at Palmer Coolum Resort, in Queensland.
The Middle Swan venture includes plans for animated dinosaur displays, a fossil discovery and education centre, skeletal display, an interactive museum that will include artefacts, as well as a cafe and outdoor play area.
There will also be a 36-seat cinema to show short 5D dinosaur-themed movie clips.
The development also includes two marquees.
One will include animated dinosaurs and be in the form of a self-educating walking tour.
A second will provide a play area and include small themed children’s rides.
There are also plans for a 130-bay carpark.
The application, which was lodged on behalf of Kevin and Lesley Robinson and WasteMaster Hire Pty, said the park will provide educational and informative knowledge about the Mesozoic Era (250 to 65 million years ago), including the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
The owners intend to operate the Interactive Dinosaur Museum as an attraction for families and school groups.
All exhibits will be under cover and will operate year round.
According to the application, the operation will employ up to 30 people.
Update: Committee pours cold water on plan.