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Happy 25th Birthday Greater Springfield!

Springfield Land Corporation deputy chairman Bob Sharpless, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and chairman Maha Sinnathamby celebrating 25 years of Greater Springfield.
Springfield Land Corporation deputy chairman Bob Sharpless, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and chairman Maha Sinnathamby celebrating 25 years of Greater Springfield.

SPECIAL guests and stakeholders filled Springfield Tower last Friday night in celebration of Greater Springfield's 25th birthday.

Hundreds of people attended the birthday bash which saw guests come from near and far to take part in the quarter of a century milestone for the region.

Springfield Land Corporation CBD Development CEO and first-ever employee David Henry was also in attendance and put Springfield's success down to a solid management team with a strong vision.

"Maha has always had the drive and determination and the resilience to do something like this and as a private individual that's very rare," Mr Henry said.

 

Springfield Land Corporation's first employee, David Henry.
Springfield Land Corporation's first employee, David Henry.

"As a small team we really wanted to focus on never losing control of the vision or the business because projects of this size, even in the US, have been through numerous owners through ups and downs, so our biggest achievement here is that we've still got the same owner 25 years on.

"As a private company we know when to partner with people who can do things we can't which is why we've had very good relationships with LendLease, Mirvac and Mater, Aveo because you can't do everything yourself."

Springfield Land Corporation chairman and founder, Maha Sinnathamby thanked the crowd for attending and said despite the initial challenges, had always believed in Springfield and what could be achieved.

"When I first went to Premier (Wayne) Goss he was very serious about my intention to spend public money," Mr Sinnathamby said.

 

Springfield celebrates 25 years.
Springfield celebrates 25 years.

"I nearly broke down and I said Premier, you are not supporting a developer, you are supporting a region of unlimited opportunity.

"A region that is socially and economically depressed with high unemployment, a high crime rate and all sorts of issues.

"The decision that followed changed this region for the better and continues to do so and many parts of SE Queensland are now following this model.

"We want to enhance human and social capital and Greater Springfield is only twenty percent developed, so without question, this is a nation-building project and setting an exemplar that others are following."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was guest of honour at the event and said it was remarkable what the Springfield Land Corporation team had achieved for the area and for Queensland.

 

Springfield Land Corporation deputy chairman Bob Sharpless, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, chairman Maha Sinnathamby and Ipswich Acting Mayor Paul Tully celebrate 25 years of Greater Springfield.
Springfield Land Corporation deputy chairman Bob Sharpless, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, chairman Maha Sinnathamby and Ipswich Acting Mayor Paul Tully celebrate 25 years of Greater Springfield.

"I remember years and years ago when this was just huge bushland and back then people were talking about a city being built out here and everyone was like, really?" Premier Palaszczuk said.

"I look at it now and it's a thriving part of Queensland, it's a growing city, one of the fastest growing cities that we can actually see in most of Queensland and Australia.

"As we know it takes people to build a community but you also need the infrastructure and they've got that here.

"They've got a health precinct, they've got a hospital, a university, they've got public transport, road access, they have got beautiful park lands.

"It's a real testament to a vision but it's not just an area of development where houses go in, they've actually thought about what do families want and what they have produced is a very unique place and a place people can call home."

In August 1992 Maha Sinnthamby and Bob Sharpless purchased bushland which is now known as Greater Springfield for $7.9 million.

Topics:  25 years bob sharpless greater springfield maha sinnathamby premier annastacia palaszczuk


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