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News article created on 31 October 2013

Could you help steer future of Yorkshire’s canals and rivers?

We're calling on experts in Yorkshire and Teesside to help guide the future development of the region’s historic canal and river network.

We care for 217 miles of waterways connecting Yorkshire and Teesside’s biggest cities and the region’s most beautiful countryside. We're now recruiting two additional members for its North East Waterway Partnership, which plays a key role in getting more people involved in these vital green spaces and ensuring they boost tourism and employment.

Ten people currently sit on the Partnership, drawn from different interests such as boating, canoeing and angling as well as wider regeneration and community engagement. The two new members being sought will ideally have experience and expertise in the areas of marketing, tourism, communications, social enterprise and working with local authorities. We're particularly interested in individuals who have a good understanding of the health and well-being agenda.

Sense of pride

Mark Penny, chair of the North East Waterways Partnership, said: “Our region’s waterways are really special, they’ve helped to shape our towns and cities and they remain an enduring reminder of our thriving industrial past.

“As a partnership we believe that it’s now time to put the waterways back at the heart of our communities and use them as a means of tackling some of the great challenges that our region faces. Our waterways have huge potential to boost the local economy and to help people lead healthier lifestyles, to gain new skills and simply just to feel a sense of pride in where they live.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for people with ideas and energy to play a leading role in bringing people together to embrace their local canal or river and help create better waterways and closer, healthier, communities.”

The roles are voluntary with agreed expenses reimbursed, and will involve approximately two days a month. Appointments are for three years. For more information please contact waterway manager Jon Horsfall on 0113 281 6870 or jon.horsfall@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Find out more about the North East Waterway Partnership