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Minister Pippa Hackett: One-stop information seminar for bright ideas in the midlands 

We in the Midlands are full of bright ideas for projects, enterprise, and events. It’s what will help us through the transition we’re making to a Green economy. 

You may be looking to bring a coffee trailer to a woodland park, develop a walking trail through state land, organize a festival or run a sports event. 

But where do you even begin to get permission from the landowners? 

Good question!

Many community groups, sports clubs and small businesses could make good use of public land but they don’t always know how to go about it. 

Some of you have been contacting my office to ask how to use public land to bring your ideas to fruition … so I’ve decided to bring three state organisations to a one-stop information webinar where they can tell us how it works. 

Land Use, Community & Enterprise [https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2AoroCBVReaZZrGopc4Ukg] is the webinar and it takes place on Thursday, 22 July at 2pm 

I’ll be joined by representatives of Coillte, ESB and Bord na Móna who will outline how they partner with the businesses and community groups who want to use their land. 

This seminar will answer your questions whether you want to set up a retail outlet, run a festival or organise a sport event. It’s about partnership and engagement. You’ll learn what their policies are and how to approach them with your idea. 

But I’m going a step further and bringing along Fáilte Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office to talk about the supports that are available to you. 

You’d be amazed how much grant aid there is for community and commercial initiatives when you know where to look. With the help of these organisations, you may be able to find the right funding scheme for your project and get support – both financial and mentoring. 

As you’ll have seen in recent news reports about the return of jobs to the Midlands, the tide is starting to turn on the brown-to-green transition.

Young people will be able to get jobs and set up home in our towns and villages. Tourists will come to our woodlands and our boglands. We can create enterprises and recreational pursuits for their benefit.  

As Minister for Land Use & Biodiversity, I know we must use our land wisely. I genuinely want to see the Midlands make the most of the wonderful stretches of bog and hillside that we have. Most of all, I want to see enterprise and initiative flourish. I have huge admiration for people with ideas. 

Let’s make the best possible use of the land around us. 

Join us for what promises to be an informative and lively webinar. Register to attend the event here. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2AoroCBVReaZZrGopc4Ukg

Minister Pippa Hackett

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Senator Pippa Hackett is a Green Party politician and the current Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity