Breaking through

Maha Sinnathamby spent years chasing politicians, trying to convince them his dream of building a privately owned city on scrub between Brisbane and Ipswich was not a crackpot idea.

Greater Springfield is now a reality Рand the pollies come seeking his wisdom. The 73-year-old, who grew up in a poor Malaysian village, is one of 20 business and community representatives appointed to a special panel for the G20 Summit of world leaders in Queensland next year. A $1.3 billion rail link to Springfield Рthe visionary city built on the four pillars of community, education, technology and health Рis to open by the end of 2013.

Other major developments this year include the announcement by Mater Health Services of an $85m, 80-bed private hospital and council approval for expansion of the Orion shopping centre. Mr Sinnathamby and business partner Bob Sharpless bought the 2860 hectare site for $7.2 million in the early 1990s. The entrepreneur was named one of the 100 Most Influential Indians in the World in December, the only Australia-based entrant on the list.

He nominates Mahatma Gandhi as his inspiration in business and rises at 3.30am each morning to meditate.

Mr Sinnathamby’s daughter Raynuha – managing director of Springfield Land Corporation – was appointed Queensland President of the property Council of Australia in February.

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