Recognising Greater Springfield’s community and contribution to Queensland and the nation was top of mind last Thursday when the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP launched a major book about the emerging city. The Queensland Minister for State Development The Honourable Cameron Dick MP was also present as the audience was reminded of Greater Springfield’s long history of bipartisan political support at all levels.
Written by Madonna King and David Fagan “Greater Springfield: Australia’s Newest City” explores and explains the emergence of Australia’s fastest growing new city. With colourful stories, pictures and testaments from an exciting kaleidoscope of characters “Greater Springfield – Australia’s Newest City” is a must read for anyone with a sense of adventure, an appreciation for entrepreneurship or an interest in just what it takes to build a world-award winning city.
On Thursday 12 July 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia officially launched ‘Greater Springfield – Australia’s Newest City.’ The book by acclaimed authors Madonna King and David Fagan, explores and explains the rise of Greater Springfield since its inception following a unanimous vote of the Queensland parliament in 1997.
The event was held in front of a packed audience of more than 250 at the State Library of Queensland, where the book, commissioned by Springfield City Group, formerly Springfield Land Corporation and published by the University of Queensland Press, was received into the Library’s official catalogue by State Librarian, Ms Vicki McDonald.
The authors, King, a former ABC radio host, investigative journalist and Fagan a former long-time editor of the Courier Mail, have combined forces to tell Greater Springfield’s story through insightful interviews with the city’s visionaries and founders Maha Sinnathamby and Bob Sharpless. A colourful variety of stories taken from members of the city’s rapidly growing 40,000 strong community, past and present politicians, as well as the Springfield team, reveals just what it takes to beat the odds and successfully build a city from scratch.
Particular attention has been given to the historical nature of the book which has been illustrated through the inclusion of rare photographs and other supporting material including references to archives.
Speaking at the launch, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the Greater Spring story which he said was: “A story worth telling.” Mr Turnbull noted the development’s strong contribution to nation building through an unwavering dedication to the project’s long-term, award-winning master plan, which is anchored to interactive pillars of health, education and technology.
The Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Hon Cameron Dick MP was also present and congratulated Greater Springfield on setting strong examples of how government and the private sector can work collaboratively to achieve a shared vision. Greater Springfield he agreed, had enjoyed strong bipartisan support from all levels of government.