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    • Cowra
      Economic Gardening
    • Who am I?
      Mike Foster - Married to Bev, 5 kids
      Economic Development - Cowra Shire Council
      Cowra Business Officer
    • About Cowra
      Central West NSW
      Population 9,000 in town 13,000 in the Shire
      Lachlan River
      Wheat, Sheep Canola
    • History of Cowra
      Australia settled by the Aborigines 40,000 years ago
      Wiradjuri Country – one of the first inhabited
      Lachlan River - dingoes, bilbys, platypus, cockatoos
      Indigenous population approx. 1,000
      Koori
    • Wiradjuri
    • Wiradjuri Greeting
      GAMBIANNA
      (welcome)
      Yamandumarang?
      (how are you?)
    • Ngawabaladhumarang
      (Yes, I am well)
      Marangnganha(That’s good)
    • History of Cowra
      Early white settlement in 1817
      Land grants for settlers, convicts, squatters
      2,000 acre grants
    • History of Cowra
      Crossing over the Lachlan River
      Coura Rocks
      1840 began flourishing
      1870 first bridge replaced boats (ferry)
    • Cowra and War
      World War 1 – 1914 to 1918
      World War 2 – 1939 to 1945
      Cowra Prisoner of War Camp
      Sept 1940 military camp for 3,000 soldiers
      Infantry training – 80,000 passed through
    • Cowra and War
      Prisoner of war camp built in May 1941
      Held 5,000 Italian & 1,000 other prisoners
    • The camp
      Japanese prisoners arrived in 1943 and 1944
    • The camp
    • The breakout
      On 2 am on 5 August 1944 Japanese prisoners attack the wires
      Over 300 escaped outright
      over 230 died.
      18 buildings were burnt to the ground
    • Casualties
      Total Japanese Casualties
      One Officer Killed
      230 other ranks Killed
      One Officer Wounded
      107 other ranks Wounded
      Total Australian Casualties
      1 Army Officer Killed
      3 Guards Killed
      3 Guards Wounded
    • Cowra war cemetary
    • Cowra japanese garden
    • Cowra the next 50 years....
      • Cannery
      • Furniture factories
      • Abattoir
    • The decline of industry
      Between 2005 & 2006
      NSW lost 1,399
      manufacturing businesses
    • The rise of economic gardening
    • Launch of cowra entrepreneur program
    • Cowra entrepreneur program
    • Koori entrepreneur program
    • What do we achieve in our programs?
      • Develop a business plan
      • Create a vision for your future
      • Understand your IR and staff needs
      • Determine the health of your business
      • Price your products and services
      • Market your business
      • Network with like-minded business
      • Expand and value-add products, services, staff
       
    • Our approach:
      Ultimately a one-on-one interaction
      Engender entrepreneurship in the whole business community
      Encourage regional, national and international marketing
      Strengthen business skills
      GIS – AnySite by Mapinfo
      ABS
    • Our approach:
      Work smarter not longer
      Australia has the second longest working hours in the developed world
      PLAN – while we are working on the business
      “This country was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward--”
      JFK
    • Challenges:
      DROUGHT
      SWINE FLU
      SARS
      GFC
      KFC
      NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
    • Thank you for having me here
      Questions ???
    • WHAT HAVE WE SEEN SO FAR?