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Seasonal Clerical Assistant (3 posts), Ferry Services, Kirkwall and Houton Offices (Ref: ORK00931) 2x Kirkwall 1x Houton 35 hours per week, Temporary up to 30 September 2016, £14,699 – £15,904 pro rata Housing Officer – Housing Management (2 posts) (Ref: ORK00934) 35 hours per week, Temporary maternity cover for a …

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Orkney to benefit from £1 million aquaculture contract

Richard Darbyshire, Orkney Regional Production Manager with Scottish Sea Farms (right) and John Offord, Managing Director of Gael Force Group.

A new barge and moorings are to be located at Westerbister, in Holm, by Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) under a contract between the firm and Inverness-based Gael Force Group. The SeaMate 150T feed barge and mooring systems are part of a new contract worth almost £1 million, which was signed this …

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Orkney man sets up petition supporting British seafarers

A petition has been set up by an orkney man calling for british seafarers jobs to be protected.

The Orkney man behind a petition started this week, which aims to highlight the plight of British seafarers losing their jobs, says that he hopes to reach 100,000 supporters, which could result in the matter being raised in parliament. Eric Tait, 45, who lives in Stromness, says that on reaching …

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The benefits of renewables projects outlined in new report

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Scotland’s island economies could benefit from up to £725 million over the next 25 years from renewables projects, according to an independent report published this week. The report, which was commissioned by the Scottish Government and published by Baringa, provides analysis of the scale of the economic opportunities available to …

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Councillors approve OIC budget for 2016/17

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The OIC budget was passed at today’s meeting of the full council with a minor amendment to the education budget. In all, savings of £1.4 million are needed in 2016-17, following a substantial reduction in the funding the council will receive from the Scottish Government to run services in the …

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Councillors recommended budget approval

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Councillors have recommended Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year, at a meeting in which the Scottish Government was criticised by one councillor for its “bully boy” tactics in the way in which local authorities are funded by them. The Policy and Resources Committee which met today, Thursday, …

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Green light for Westerbister salmon farm

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Planning permission for a new salmon farm, off the Tongue of Westerbister, in Holm, was granted by the OIC planning committee this morning. The Scottish Sea Farms site will, said the company, create six new jobs locally and significantly increase production of the quality product farmed in Orkney waters. The …

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