Conor Corr, from Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network, has been elected as Lough Neagh Parternship’s (LNP) new chairman.
Mr Corr, who has worked within the community for the development and protection of Lough Neagh over the past 16 years, succeeds Shane O’Neill in the role.
Based at Ballyronan Marina Centre, Mr Corr will head a committee of representatives from bodies that have an interest in Lough Neagh and its waterways.
The committee will work alongside seven councils (soon to be five) to promote Lough Neagh as a visitor destination.
On his new role, Mr Corr said: “I am looking forward to taking on the challenging role as Chairman of Lough Neagh Partnership, particularly in light of the new government focus on Lough Neagh.”
LNP recently secured Heritage Lottery funding for the development phase of a Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership which, in the implementation phase, could be worth £2.58m.
As well as managing the Lough Shore Cycle Trail and Canoe Trail, the charity is also working on an integrated development programme with various government departments, including DARD, DCAL, NITB and Heritage Lottery.
Welcoming the Executive’s recent agreement to her proposals for the future public management of Lough Neagh, Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill has said: “An effective development of Lough Neagh presents real opportunities for rural tourism and economic progress in its surrounding areas and indeed beyond. I want to exploit these opportunities to the full.
“I have asked my officials to move forward with the consultation process for providing a more representative public management structure for Lough Neagh.”