A billionaire’s plan to turbo-charge his private city Rich Lister Maha Sinnathamby survived financial ruin to build Australia’s biggest private city.

Originally published on The Financial Review in December 2019 Rich Lister Maha Sinnathamby survived financial ruin to build Australia’s biggest private city. But the 80-year-old is far from done. Standing up here on level 10, you can almost believe you’re in a real-life version of the video game SimCity.There are the hospital, the university campus and the…

ENGIE and Springfield City Group last December signed an historic 50-year strategic alliance to make Greater Springfield a net zero energy city.

Originally published on Greater Springfield on 20 November 2019 Under the alliance, investments are being planned in renewable energy generation and storage infrastructure, district energy schemes, green mobility solutions, digital technology, energy efficiency initiatives and a dedicated research and innovation centre. The Zero Net Energy Vision for Greater Springfield means that by 2038, the partnership’s vision…

Greater Springfield named Queensland’s Best Development of last 25 years

Originally published on Greater Springfield on 21 November 2019 The special 25th-anniversary award was announced recently as part of the 2019 UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia) Queensland Awards for Excellence. This year’s Awards ceremony celebrated 25 years of recognising developers creating inspiring places for Queenslanders to live, work and play. Springfield resident Janelle Burton moved…

Michael and Melinda Gavin

“THE ONLY THING WE REGRET IS NOT HAVING MET GLEN TEN YEARS AGO, IMAGINE WHAT WE COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED BY NOW.” We would like to begin by saying thank you to Glen Wambeek for helping us to take the next step in building our portfolio and making it so easy. Investing in real estate has…

Maha Sinnathamby on the city’s achievements so far

Originally published on The Courier Mail on 21 November 2019 In his second column, Springfield visionary Maha Sinnathamby reflects on some of the city’s greatest achievements to date. IN 2010, Springfield was awarded the World’s Best Masterplanned Community by the International Real Estate Federation. In 2018, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull recognised Greater Springfield as…

5 habits of successful property investors

1. Understand the fundamentals Successful investors, first and foremost, familiarise themselves with the most basic fundamentals of investing in properties, according to Mr Le Quesne. “It comes down to your ability to hold the property, which comes down to cash flow,” he said. By knowing the do’s and don’ts, as well as the factors that…

Expert advice: Setting a budget for property investment

Originally published on Smart Property Investment on 14 November 2019. Property investment is one of the biggest financial commitments anyone can make. As such, aspiring investors must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage their finances over the long term. How can they maximise opportunities and mitigate financial risks? As one of the…

Brookwater forum makes claim for Brisbane’s second CBD

Originally published on Courier Mail November 29, 2019 A CITIES expert has named Greater Springfield as most-likely contender for Brisbane’s second central business district. How Great Cities Happen author and University of Sydney Professor John Stanley made the prediction at an exclusive forum on population growth, Building Australia- Big or Small, at Brookwater this week. The…

Expert advice: How to measure the success of a property investment portfolio

Originally published on Smart Property Investment While there are a lot of different measures to evaluate the performance of a property portfolio, for some experts, the three most important metrics are equity, gross yield and cash flow. Equity According to Mr Cohen, equity is the first variable he looks at when assessing his clients’ portfolios.…

Queensland’s First Fully Electric Urban Bus Route Starts

Originally published on Australian Bus and Coach Photography by: courtesy Lendlease November 15, 2019 YARRABILBA, Queensland, played host to the launch of the state’s first fully electric urban bus route, via a South Brisbane Logan Coaches-run service, it was announced today. Yarrabilba – a Lendlease “…new generation master-planned community, which will be home to over…