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New Wales BMC Officer Job 09/03/2009

At the British Mountaineering Council's (BMC) National Council meeting over the weekend, it was agreed to establish the position of an Access & Conservation officer for Wales on a fixed 3 year contract. The job will be advertised within the next month or so. It will cover both policy and area/site issues. This post will strengthen the BMC's profile within the Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales and other statutory bodies in Wales. The job is likely to be based in North Wales although strong candidates from the south will also be considered.

BMC CEO, Dave Turnbull, said: It's great news that the BMC has agreed to set up this post. The new officer will supplement our two existing Access Officers and should mean improved coverage of access, conservation and land management issues across England as well as Wales."

This new appointment goes some way to meeting BMC Cymru's call for a full-time BMC Wales National Officer. At present Wales is the only home nation with neither its own mountaineering council nor an employed representative. BMC Cymru's case for making a such an appointment is based upon: without direct representation it is difficult to draw down funding from the Welsh Sports Council, the Assembly has it's own law making powers and as such this can lead to differences with England (coastal access), the need to raise awareness of climbing and hill-walking as a positive activity within Wales and recognising the importance of using the Welsh language.

Topic: British Mountaineering Council, Access & Conservation in Wales.

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