THE thriving metropolis of Greater Springfield in one of Australia’s fastest-growing corridors.

Situated 25km from Brisbane, it is the nation’s largest master-planned city since the national capital, Canberra.

Today the AUS $88 billion development is home to 43,000 residents, thanks to the vision of one man – Malaysian born billionaire Maha Sinnathamby.

Sinnathamby, the winner of the BrandLaureate Brand ICON Leadership Award 2015, is one of Australia’s richest men and founder of one of the most successful master-planned cities in the world.

Born in the village of Rantau 80 years ago, he never dreamed he would become one of Australia’s richest men one day, let alone become the founder of one of the most successful master-planned cities in the world.

“The potential of Greater Springfield is tremendous,” said Sinnathamby. Where others saw trees and hills, he envisaged a city that puts learning at its heart. In 1992, he bought the land and set about building it. Today Springfield is the manifestation of his vision.

Designed around a detailed master plan — anchored on the tenets of health, education, and technology; the city includes a 52-hectare health precinct designed by Harvard Medical School anchored by the Mater hospital with 1,200 beds.

The 18-hectare education precinct with capacity for 10,000 students is also anchored by the University of Southern Queensland campus.

The city is home to the award-winning Orion shopping center, with more than 6.9 million visitors a year, and the future headquarters of the Brisbane Lions Australian football team.