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17.04.03
Newlyn Fisheries project officer funded by Objective One

The Objective One Fisheries Programme, facilitated by South West Pesca Ltd has awarded a grant for over £40,000 to Penwith District Council to employ a Newlyn Fisheries Project Officer.

Members of the Newlyn Fish Industry Forum (NFIF) will be called in
by the Council to help them recruit this new Officer. The Forum will
be working closely with the Officer for 12 months to make sure that
the projects as identified in the Newlyn Strategy are implemented.

The regeneration of Newlyn is being lead by the NFIF with members representing the local community. The Regeneration Strategy (conducted by Atlantic Consultants and accessible on www.penwith.gov.uk) was also partly funded by the Objective One Fisheries programme and has highlighted important projects in Newlyn that will not only improve the fisheries infrastructure but the future of the whole area.

Michael Galsworthy, Chair of the Newlyn Fish Industry Forum commented: “This grant is outstanding news and really signals the first significant step in the implementation of the Newlyn Regeneration Strategy. Of course there is a long haul still ahead, but I have every confidence that with the focused commitment of the NFIF, the understanding and sympathy of the South West RDA and maintained support of the Objective One Fisheries Task Force solid progress will be made. The story of this soul project is how to regenerate and sustain a peripheral coastal community dependent on a single industry and with absolutely no economic hinterland. This whole scheme allows us to broaden and strengthen the economic base of Newlyn.”

Jim McKenna, Chief Executive Penwith District Council added: “The fish industry forum is different because all elements of the public and private sector locally are working together towards a single vision. This funding is an important first step towards the regeneration of Newlyn and demonstrates the face that the South West RDA and Government Office for the South West has in our work. We firmly believe that the Cornish fishing industry centred in Newlyn has a very exciting sustainable future.”

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated: “This grant is the first towards achieving the projects within the Strategy and means that many more can be brought before the Fisheries Objective One Programme as soon as possible. The regeneration of Newlyn is considered a very high priority by the Fisheries Task Force because Newlyn contributes so much to the fishing industry in Cornwall.”

To discuss the post in more detail please contact Rob Poole on 01736 336757 or for an application form please contact Charlotte Hill, Head Regeneration Leisure and Tourism, Penwith District Council, St Clare, Penzance, TR18 3QW.

The closing date for applications is the 1st May. Interviews will be held on the 14th May.

For more information on the grant received or the Objective One Fisheries Programme please contact, Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager, South West Pesca Ltd on 01872 270333.

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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