Jo-Ann Miller.
Jo-Ann Miller. Rob Williams

Springfield discovered soul: MP

SPRINGFIELD is now developing a soul, according to the Ipswich MP who labelled the master-planned city a “disgrace” in State Parliament 18 months ago.

In September 2009, Bundamba State MP Jo-Ann Miller said Springfield's developers had created a crowded, soulless community with a shocking lack of facilities.

“It is master-planned to get as much profit as possible for the developers,” she said at the time.

“What in the hell are we developing here? Are we developing housing estates that have no soul?

“It is my clear view that housing estates with no churches are not communities.

“They are just a conglomeration of houses which are testament to the greed of developers.”

But Ms Miller has since changed her tune and claimed soul was now on the way to Springfield, after free land was divided up for the use of churches.

“My office and Springfield Land Corporation have been working very closely to get some of things I was speaking about into Springfield,” Ms Miller said.

“Soul is on the way to Springfield now.

"One church has already made plans to take up the free land offer from Springfield's owners.

“Springfield is also recognised as a separate Catholic Parish now and Pastor Phil Cutcliffe is expanding his church in Springfield.

“They are making the city a community now.

"They are doing the right thing and I'm very grateful for that. I am friends with Maha, I get on with him well, and he is doing the right thing for the city.”

Greater Springfield has a current population of about 21,000 but is expected to grow to 105,000 within 20 years.

Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby said he was now good friends with Ms Miller.

“There are no problems between us,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

“Ms Miller said what she thought at the time and I don't think she was trying to insult us.

"It's the nature of politics.”



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