Some of you may have noticed that I have kept my nose out of local politics for the last few months. Prefering to comment on the low hanging fruit that is the contemptible Premier Windbag and our vacuous selfie addicted new PM. The reasoning behind this is I have been out of town during the week and unable to attend local town council meetings. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t been paying attention, it merely means that unlike an unpopular former councillor, who also doesn’t attend council meetings. I decided I should cede my right of commentary until I am more actively involved.
I have been following the situation regarding the potential $150M development at Collingwood airport for close to a year now, and have written about it in this space on numerous occasions. So in this instance I feel I have a right to comment.
I have often made it clear that I am not a big fan of our mayor, her brother Paul Bonwick or any of the other self-entitled back room boys that seem to think it’s their god-given right to make decisions that often benefit themselves but leave the rest of us out in the cold.
I will say this quite categorically I whole heartily support Paul Bonwicks’s efforts to develop the land around the airport and I suggest that the foot dragging by our local council would never be happening if the person who was trying to make it happen were not called Paul Bonwick.
Also the letter that council put out yesterday trying to explain the reasoning behind its obstructionist stance regarding the airport development, makes not a lick of sense to me. They state that “the priority is to oppose the windmill development”. But as Clearview Township mayor Chris Vanderkruys quite rightly pointed out “By not offering access to CACC to the airport they have cut off that rear guard”. Meaning that if they had granted access, it shows that everyone is serious about the development and it is extra ammunition to fight the windmills. Even Premier “Two Moms” would not fight against a development of this magnitude for half a dozen windmills (but nothing with her would surprise me).
I’m not sure what this Collingwood council and Steve Berman for that matter, see in the way of future job prospects locally, but from my stand point all I see are a lot of “McJobs” and low paying service industry jobs. This development has the potential to create an estimated 1,600 well paying specialised aviation industry jobs. It’s time for this council to get out of the way. Buttonville airport is closing in the fall of next year, it has been an aviation business centre for many years. Collingwood airport through this development is well placed to take much of that business. I’m quite sure Edenvale Aerodrome will take the business if the foot dragging from Collingwood doesn’t soon stop. I supported many members of this council during the last election, my thought was that they would rise above past differences for the betterment of the town. I still hope that that will happen