Maha won over by plans for spa resort
IT TOOK just less than 15 minutes after a historic project presentation for Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby to shake hands on a deal for the $550 million Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf and Spa Resort.
The resort will be built on 14 hectares of land vacant at the centre of Brookwater that Mr Sinnathamby had put aside for this purpose.
"In April 2012 I was introduced to Maha as someone who could give him an opinion on what he had planned for that land," Brookwater Resort Investments CEO Richard Turner said.
"He asked me if it was what I would do with it and I said, 'No, but if you would like to see what I would do I will give you a small presentation'.
"I did that and within 15 minutes he stood up and shook my hand and said, 'The land is yours. Please go ahead and build this for Springfield and Brookwater'.
"He said the region needs it, the city needs it and Brookwater needs it as well.
"We shook hands on the deal and we've been working with Maha and (SLC deputy chairman) Bob Sharpless ever since."
Ipswich City Council has also played a key role in bringing the project to fruition.
"We met the planners very early on in the piece," Mr Turner said.
"We met John Adams, Cr Paul Tully and Paul Pisasale.
"We told them what we had planned and they said they would give us all the support they possibly could.
"They have met our foreign partners from Hong Kong and Cr Tully and Paul Pisasale hosted a lunch for our Chinese partners where there were several other officers there as well to understand the whole aim of it.
"We haven't had a single negative word from a single councillor."