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Energy, people skills and the ability to communicate across generations are the key strengths needed for a new post developing projects in the Loch a Tuath district.

And the people of Tong and Back are keen to work together to make sure that people of all ages get the benefit of the new development officer post.

Tong Residents Association and Back Community Council are working together to make projects happen – and there will be plenty for the new post-holder to get their teeth into.

TRA chair Kathryn Lamont Smith said: “Tong and Back have come together to create this fabulous new role so that we can get more collaborations going around the district.

“Both villages have ambitions for their own projects, with projects such as community growing polycrubs and the Brevig harbour improvements among our plans.

“We have plans for a new skatepark, the playpark is being redeveloped – what we really need now is someone who can bring different groups together and get them talking, to create new projects and spark new ideas.”

Unusually for a community development role, the funding for several future projects is already in place – including for the post itself, initially on a one-year, four days a week equivalent basis.

What’s needed to make all the ambitions of the district gel together is a person who gets on with lots of people, who can communicate well and who has plenty of dynamism for making things happen.

Kathryn said: “We’re looking for someone with lots of energy, drive, good communication skills and a love of working with people. The hours can be spread through the week, so the job could work well around existing commitments.

“It’s just a matter of finding the right individual, and then we could see things really start to take off in the Tong and Back area.”

The application deadline for the Crown Estate-funded role is Monday 26 April, after which applications will be short-listed. More details, including the job description and person specification, can be found at https://tonghall.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/local-development-officer

Pictures show children playing on some of the newly-installed play equipment at Tong Playpark.

An earlier version of this article was published on Monday. This has been updated and edited.