North Island B.C. Conservative candidate John Twigg is pleased to congratulate the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association and its chair Brian Shaw on the beginning of construction of their “entrance feature” project on Campbell River’s 14th Avenue between the north and southbound lanes of Highway 19 (pictured).
“The CNA under the leadership of Shaw and project leader Jonathan Calderwood of Grant Signs have been working on this exciting project for more than three years so it’s wonderful to see construction actually begin on it,” said Twigg, who was on the CNA executive when the project began in 2017.
The project was greatly enabled by Bill Alder, owner of Sealand Aviation, a local airplane servicing company, donating a fuselage of the famous Beaver floatplane to the CNA with the idea that it be partially restored to a good look-alike replica and placed on a 25-feet-high pedestal in a picturesque grassy rest area on the Inland Island Highway, for which the reinforced cement footing was poured a few weeks ago with assistance of a work crew from Seymour Pacific, a prominent local development company.
Various models of the Beaver were workhorses of the coastal logging industry in previous decades, carrying crews of loggers out from the Campell River estuary to distant cutblocks along the B.C. coast as well as carrying other industrial and commercial traffic such as parts and supplies for equipment in logging, mining, fishing and other resource industries – for which the durable Beaver gained renown and respect.
“The fact the project has proceeded this far with mostly volunteer and donated labour is a great testament to the strong community spirit of Campbell River in general and of the CNA in particular,” said Twigg, congratulating Shaw, a local investment advisor, for his leadership on the project as well as on the previous development of a successful community garden in Campbellton.
The City of Campbell River, its councillors and staffers also deserve great credit for their vision in supporting those and other notable projects, said Twigg, citing their support for installing artistic banners and maintaining about a dozen flower boxes on Campbellton’s main streets, installing a viewing platform of the Campbell River with financial support from the Fortis natural gas company, and helping to maintain a walking trail along the south shore of the river.
“The CNA has delivered a lot of community progress since it began about seven years ago as a movement to sort of rescue what had become a rough part of town but now it is gentrifying into a mixed residential-commercial neighbourhood that now includes numerous successful small businesses that often involve specialty niches, particularly in food services,” said Twigg, noting that the process accelerated after the famous and infamous Quinsam Hotel had burned down.
“Though the Campbellton neighbourhood still faces challenges it has quickly become a model for urban renewal to the benefit of the community at large,” said Twigg, citing a marked decrease in crime, and promising that if elected MLA he would encourage the enabling of similar community renewal initiatives all around the province.