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Members' business: Isle of Gigha, 10 Years of Pioneering Land Reform

Labour MSP David Stewart said that "there is so much more scope to push the agenda of community ownership forward", during a member's debate on the Isle of Gigha on 4 Otober 2012.

Mr Stewart was leading a debate on the tenth anniversary of the community buy-out of the island.

In 2002 the community raised £4m to buy the island, rather than see it sold to another private landlord.

Mr Stewart said the island's population had grown by 50% and had "moved towards sustainability by purchasing and constructing its own wind farm".

He said that the "catalyst for this remarkable change is what we're here celebrating today".

Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said that Gigha had "developed a vibrant and enterprising community" and that learning by example was important.

He also said that "community by-outs don't just happen. They take vision, dedicated individuals and teamwork".


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