On Thursday the 12th of July at Queensland’s State Library in South Brisbane, Prime Minister Turnbull and Queensland’s Minister for State Development, Cameron Dick, launched a new book about the emergence of Australia’s master-planned city, Greater Springfield.
The book, titled Greater Springfield: Australia’s Newest City, provides readers with a colourful illustration of an aspiring population via the highs and lows and the personal stories of the rapidly growing Greater Springfield community.
The Springfield City Group management team, Chairman Maha Sinnathamby, and Deputy Chairman Bob Sharpless were on hand in front of the ceremony’s 250 guests to present a signed copy of the book to the State Library.
It details how Maha Sinnathamby and business partner Bob Sharpless had a dream when they negotiated the purchase of the forest tract between Brisbane and Ipswich some twenty-five years ago and how that dream became a reality.
Greater Springfield: Australia’s Newest City represents a sought-after historical reference into what it takes to launch a new city and the roles that entrepreneurship and persistence played to make it happen.
Authors Madonna King and David Fagan have undoubtedly penned a revealing tribute to a world-class master-planned city. The book also details how Greater Springfield has spectacularly reshaped the social and economic outlook of the entire region.
Over four months, these talented and experienced authors spent time amongst Springfield residents, hearing their stories and how Greater Springfield’s growth and development has provided for both their families and businesses.
As an award-winning investigative journalist, Madonna King has 25 years’ experience working in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, including six years as host of ABC Radio’s morning current affairs program. She is also a sought after public speaker, facilitator and a prolific writer with 7 books to her name including the personal stories of Australians Ian Frazer, Joe Hockey and Maxine Horne.
Likewise, David Fagan has lived and breathed journalism for almost two decades. He held the reins as editor-in-chief for the Courier Mail and is now an executive charged with helping drive digital change at one of Queensland’s biggest universities, the Queensland University of Technology, as well as writing and lecturing throughout his career.
The Springfield City Group were very lucky to have such experienced journalists and successful writers dedicate their time to creating this milestone book for Australia’s fastest growing city. The interest and support from Prime Minister Turnbull’s presence at the book’s launch demonstrates that Greater Springfield: Australia’s Newest City is a must read for anyone with an appreciation for entrepreneurship, a love of Queenslander’s and their communities or a curiosity for what it takes to build an award-winning city from scratch.