FROM THE EDITOR
The new airport, its size and greatly increased cost, has certainly generated interest on various social media. The latest development is the non-renewal of the pre-paid cards used by longterm parkers. While some will be philosophical about the increased cost, it would not have hurt to let people know of the impending change.
What is rather worrying is this is just another instance of the public, the ratepayers, paying more. The council insisted that ratepayers would not be bearing the brunt of the cost of this new airport, that it would be funded by the community and those who use it, the airlines and revenue from airport lessees, the cafe and the shops. And just who spends money in those outlets?
Now the council has moved on to discuss whether to sell part of the town’s green belt, Fitzroy golf course, to help fund essential services. So we can afford a dollareating art gallery where the costs expand yearly and we can afford an airport that went from costing $9 million to more than $29 million, yet there is not enough money for essentials?