CLOSE TIES: Maha Sinnathamby (left) and Malaysian Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyddin Tassin during their meeting in Springfield.
CLOSE TIES: Maha Sinnathamby (left) and Malaysian Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyddin Tassin during their meeting in Springfield. Contributed

Malaysian Deputy PM tours Great Springfield's Education City

MALAYSIA'S deputy prime minister gave Springfield a birthday present and its boss a treat with a visit to the showpiece city.

Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin visited Greater Springfield on Saturday to study the master-planned city and its education system. Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby, who was born in Malaysia, was his host.

"It is a privilege to have someone of Tan Sri Muhyddin's high standing visit on Greater Springfield's 20th anniversary," Mr Sinnathamby said.

"The deputy prime minister is also Malaysia's minister for education and this is a great opportunity to demonstrate the innovation and growth that makes Springfield's Education City a successful example for communities worldwide.

"Greater Springfield has one of the highest student populations in the country with more than 10,500 people in formal learning from childcare to university," he said.

He said the deputy PM took the chance to learn about how education played a pivotal role in changing this community's aspirations.

Mr Sinnathamby said education was a key pillar in Greater Springfield's development.

"We have dedicated 18ha to a fully integrated educational experience geared toward preparing students for a career anywhere around the world," he said. "Education City is home to numerous education providers including the University of Southern Queensland, Bremer Institute of TAFE, Union Institute of Language and Australian City College.

"There are eight senior colleges and primary schools and 10 childcare centres and plans for more next year."

A GROWING CONCERN

  • Springfield started in 1992 with the purchase of 2860ha and Springfield Lakes residential development started in 1992.
  • In 2002 the Brookwater golf course opened, followed by Education City, Orion Springfield Town Centre, Springfield Tower and Polaris Data Centre.
  • Greater Springfield's population is expected to quadruple to 105,000 by 2030.


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