Another page added in the Springfield success story
ANOTHER six months and another milestone celebrated for the rapidly expanding Greater Springfield region.
The $72 million GE building at Springfield has been officially opened by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The building is home to almost 500 GE employees and yesterday they joined a host of politicians and commerce leaders outside their new offices for the official ceremony.
In unveiling the plaque for the building, the Premier said it represented another vote of confidence in Queensland as a place to live, work and invest from one of the biggest companies in the world.
"GE has had a Queensland base since 1896, when it oversaw the installation of electric motors in the Brisbane Tramway Company fleet," she said.
"Today they are involved in aviation, electrical distribution, energy, finance, healthcare, lighting, oil and gas, transportation and water.
"We support responsible and sustainable development of the resources industry and we look forward to GE being a continued part of Queensland's development."
Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby played a key role in bringing GE to Springfield. He said it was the development of Springfield as a centre for the best in education, health and IT, which was the catalyst for companies such as GE to commit to bringing all their staff to the district.
"In committing to moving their staff here they need to find some added value," Mr Sinnathamby said.
"In education opportunities alone we have 15 schools here and some 13,300 students so something is certainly going right.
"Education is very, very strong, I call it the currency of the future.
"The train to Springfield has also been greatly beneficial and has helped bring about an economic and population explosion in Greater Springfield."
GE Australia CEO Geoff Culbert said his company was excited to consolidate its Queensland teams under one roof.
"This is a significant investment in GE's Queensland operations and provides a dynamic state-of-the-art environment for our people to work in," he said.