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Moy River Trust – locals working together to breathe new life into their water and their community
Over a hundred people and 24 groups attended the recent ‘Moy River Trust Expo’ on December 12th at Mount Falcon Estate, Ballina. The event was organised by the Moy Catchment Association, and had information on how the local community could get involved in setting up a rivers trust, what the benefits of a rivers trusts would be, and the key role that local community involvement, awareness and education could play.
This awareness event was opened by Councillor Michael Smyth who spoke positively about the council’s role so far and the commitment they were willing to give in support of it. The Moy Catchment Association chairperson Jim Wilson then gave some background on how the Expo event came about.
“A catchment isn’t just about rivers and lakes, it’s also about the communities. Working together we can breathe new life into our waters and our communities.” Jim Wilson, Moy Catchment Association.
He was followed by Ray Spain who is the regional director for the Waters and Communities office. Ray outlined their role in helping communities to take a greater role in water quality, resulting in healthier waters and more vibrant communities. He went on to mention funding streams now available through the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office for community projects focused on improving water quality. Ray also acknowledged Mick Kane, Community Water Officer for Mayo, who has been working closely with the volunteers in the Moy Catchment Association.
“when we talk about catchments we talk about communities, we talk about waters, because we are all connected” Ray Spain, Coordinator, Local Authority Waters and Communities Office
Hugh Bonner from Mara Media who publish Ireland West airport magazine as well as various fishing publications spoke about the potential that exists to develop the Moy valley as a tourist destination that caters for all outdoor enthusiasts. He praised the foresight Mayo county council had in promoting and developing resources for visitors to the area and spoke of the need for everyone to place a greater value on our natural resources, to work together, and to raise the profile of our tourism industry.
The keynote speech was then delivered by Mark Horton, All-Ireland director of the Rivers Trust. Mark gave examples of the positive impact that trusts are having on communities and the support that is there throughout the UK and Ireland.
Jim Wilson rounded off the presentations by thanking everyone in attendance and asked people to mingle, discuss and put forward ideas for suitable projects as well as nominating their willingness to join the future board being set up in 2018. Angelina Nugent compered for the evening, introducing speakers as well as taking time to interview different community and government agencies about the potential benefits gained from developing a trust.
Get involved in the Moy River Trust
If you would like to get involved, find out more or know of someone you may think might have an interest in becoming involved please use the contact numbers and emails below.
Ciaran Boland 086-3800034 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Smyth 086-8384684 email@example.com