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Action group members needed for new LEADER programme

Press Release   •   Nov 17, 2015 08:10 GMT

Volunteers are being sought to help deliver community and rural development in Moray.

Moray has been approved for funding to operate both a 2014-2020 LEADER and Fisheries Programme, with European Union and Scottish Government funding of over £3.8 million.

The programme will be overseen by a Local Action Group (LAG) for which volunteers are now being recruited.

The LAG manages the operational and strategic delivery of the LEADER programme and this includes awarding financial support, developing projects and overseeing the programme’s administration.It will also link with the Fisheries LAG being formed in order to deliver the Fisheries programme in Moray and Highland.

Members of the LAG are being sought from the public, private and voluntary sectors in order to provide representation across various sectors on the LAG.In addition members are being sought to fill a new advisory group on the Fisheries Programme for the coastal areas in Moray.

The role of a LAG member is both rewarding and demanding and offers the opportunity of influencing rural and coastal development in Moray.The LEADER programme covers the whole of Moray, except for the area in the Cairngorms National Park, which has its own LEADER LAG.

A working group has been set up to develop the new programmes and to recruit new members.

Priscilla Gordon-Duff, who chairs the working group, said: “We are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic individuals with experience of rural economic, community or marine development and this includes representation from the renewables, tourism, farming, business and fishing sectors.

“A wide range of experience and skills is required, and we hope they will be provided from among active community representatives, businesses, social enterprises, land managers, farmers, fishermen, food producers and local agencies.”

For more information and to get a recruitment pack please visit www.morayleader.org.uk or www.morayfisheriesfund.co.ukor contact Moray LEADER programme co-ordinator Iain Catto at iain.catto@moray.gov.uk or by calling 01343 563635.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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