South West Mull and Iona Development Update

A coastal project on Mull is providing a lifeline for rural residents making sure no one goes without during the COVID-19 crisis.

South West Mull and Iona Development has been co-ordinating support efforts within the community and its volunteers have contacted most of the 330 households spread out across the area, checking that residents are coping and putting them in touch with support services where necessary.

In September 2019 the trust was awarded £450,487 to develop a seaweed farm, watersports centre and boat maintenance area at Bendoran and it has now received £5,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to help keep it operational during the crisis.

Morvern Gibson who is general manager of South West Mull and Iona Development, said: ‘Many people in this area rely on tourism for all or part of their incomes and are anxious and isolated. Our business model relies on moving timber, which we are unable to do at the moment, so the extra funding from the Scottish Land Fund has been very welcome.’

The extra money the group has received from the Scottish Land Fund is part of a package of £70,000 that has been allocated to a total of 12 shops, food banks and other SLF-funded enterprises across Scotland to allow them to respond to additional demand for their services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: Oban Times