Min­is­ter vis­its town pro­ject

The Oban Times - - News -

MARCO Bi­agi MSP, min­is­ter for com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment, re­cently vis­ited the Rock­field Cen­tre in Oban.

The min­is­ter was given a tour of the build­ing by mem­bers of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust (OCT), which is driv­ing the Rock­field Cen­tre for­ward. Mr Bi­agi said he was im­pressed by the scale of the pro­ject and asked mem­bers of OCT what he could take from this ex­am­ple to shape pol­icy and leg­is­la­tion to sim­i­larly em­power other com­mu­ni­ties.

Gor­don McNab, OCT chair­man, said: ‘ We have had the sup­port of the com­mu­nity from day one. This, plus sup­port from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise, gave the OCT board con­fi­dence to push ahead.

‘The pur­pose of this pro­ject is to see be­yond the re­pair of the build­ing to pro­vide a fo­cus for arts, cul­ture, her­itage and cre­ativ­ity in the cen­tre of Oban.’

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