Maha Sinnathamby

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Maha Sinnathamby
Born Malaysia
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Occupation Property Developer,[1] Civil Engineer

Maha Sinnathamby [2] is a Malaysian Australian businessman and property developer of Tamil ancestry. He lived on a rubber estate Rantau before moving to Australia and becoming an entrepreneur with a vision to build an entire city.

Sinnathamby founded Greater Springfield[3] almost 20 years ago on nearly 3000 hectares outside of Brisbane. Springfield is now a community of more than 26,000 residents living, working and raising families. Predictions are that the population will swell by more than 100,000 people within the next 20 years into a city the size of Darwin[citation needed].

Sinnathamby’s work was acknowledged globally in 2010 with the emerging city being named the world's best master-planned community by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI).[4]

Other awards include:

  • Centenary Medal for regional development in Australia [5]
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern Queensland for his services to education [6]
  • Ernst and Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year [7]
  • Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for community development [8]
  • Australian Institute of Management Medal for Management Innovation.[9]
  • Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)International Renowned Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2010 [10]

Sinnathamby is passionately committed to uplifting society through education, which he credits as having played a transformative role in his life[citation needed]. This passion has been translated into a booming education precinct within Greater Springfield called Education City which boasts 8,500 students and a university, a technical college and ten schools. In 2014 the first stage of a 52 hectare major health and wellness precinct was commenced.

He has also established a program of scholarships within Greater Springfield and takes a particular pride in seeing people with limited access to education blossom and reach their potential.[11]

An equivalent health precinct, Health City, is under construction and will offer Springfield residents and the wider region access to a range of professional health services.

Mr Sinnathamby’s desire to build a city with a strong sense of community is evident in his commitment to social philanthropy and he has donated more than $200 million of land and funds for vital social infrastructure[citation needed].

His company has donated land for schools, an ambulance station, a police station, a highway and a heavy rail line which opened in 2013.[12]