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People who love adventure in Oban have been urged to get involved in a new not-for-profit outdoor activity group.
Adventure Oban in partnership with BID4Oban, recently led a community
voluntary effort to clean up and reopen the toilets at Ganavan Sands.
It has revealed it is also interested in revitalising the wooden lean-to next to the toilets into a usable, sheltered space for beach goers and explorers. The group was incorporated in January 2021 and has a volunteer board of directors.
They are chairman Dave Bleazard, Laura Corbe, Doreen Henderson, Neil Matheson, Isla McCulloch and Ben Sunderland.
Mr Bleazard said: ‘Adventure Oban is keen to promote and enable outdoor activities for the whole community that will mean more people outdoors more often with more opportunities to do so. Oban already has some great clubs, community-led enterprises and businesses, and we’re excited to add to that resource.’
Set up as a company limited by guarantee with an asset lock, Adventure Oban is seeking charitable status from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This would ensure its activities are for the benefit of the whole community in perpetuity.
Adventure Oban said it aims to be a community enabler by working alongside existing clubs and organisations.
Other projects include new infrastructure at Station Square in Oban. This follows the addition of Scotrail’s new ‘adventure carriages’ – a fleet of train carriages to provide space for up to 20 bikes and bulky outdoor equipment.
Adventure Oban partnered with Sustrans to install a cycle repair stand at Station Square, equipped with basic tools to keep pedal cycles running smoothly, such as a pump and Allen keys etc.
The stand also features a community notice board and information about local routes.
Adventure Oban is also working towards setting up the first Adventure Library based in Oban. Taking inspiration from Edinburgh’s Tool Library, it will be a collection of donated and second-hand items – enabling library members access to otherwise expensive outdoor kit and equipment.
Membership is open to all and anyone can get involved and pitch into the Adventure Oban ‘ideas incubator’. Anyone can become a lifetime member for a one-off fee of £5.
Members are eligible to be elected to the board with provisions made for junior adventurer members and local businesses and organisations to join too.
Anyone can get involved as a volunteer in any capacity.