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Join WRI at the new Cowra Hub


The Western Research Institute (WRI) will be hosting local businesses, tourism operators and Cowra Councillors at a gathering at 6pm on Tuesday 26 February at the new Cowra Business Chamber Hub. The event is part of the 20th anniversary WRI celebrates in 2019.


Photo: Cowra Business Chamber

The Directors and staff from WRI are excited to be visiting Cowra to connect with local businesses, tourism operators and Cowra Council.

“WRI has a lot to celebrate in our 20th anniversary year” said Chair of WRI, Juliet Duffy.

“In 2018 WRI helped businesses and councils to secure close to $110 million dollars in funding for regional initiatives. We are focused on continuing to offer an affordable and reliable range of support to regional areas” Ms Duffy added.

“The Board decided to meet in Cowra and host an event with the business community after meeting representatives of the Cowra Business Chamber at the 2018 NSW Business Chamber awards. WRI and the Chamber met while celebrating our category wins in the regional Chamber awards’’ said WRI CEO, Kathy Woolley.

“We were impressed by the idea of the business innovation hub in Cowra and are looking forward to seeing what the Cowra community is up to.

“A facility like the Hub will make a big difference to supporting the community. It’s the kind of facility that signals a progressive Business Chamber and Council” she added.

WRI is celebrating a string of successes in helping attract funding in 2018.

WRI provided businesses cases, economic impact analysis, human capital analysis and benefit cost analysis to support applications for funding for projects including the Central Tablelands Collections Facility, the Canobolas Scout Camp, Dubbo Athletics Hub and a technology precinct for James Cook University to get the green light for state and federal funding.


WRI’s objectives for regional Australia are wide reaching and services are broader than assisting with funding applications. A significant project in the works to be co-funded by WRI and partners under the WRI Inland Research Fund will improve information resources, particularly for smaller areas who are often forgotten in state and federal data collection processes.

“WRI has increased our direct contribution to economic development in regional Australia through the Inland Research Fund. We will launch the Fund’s first project later this year” said Ms Duffy.

“This project is particularly exciting for smaller regional centres like Cowra and will promote further economic prosperity and support their initiatives in areas like the Cowra Business Chamber’s Hub.

“It will be a game changer for regional centres providing data and analysis missing at the smaller town level.

“We have secured some funding partners and will launch the first Inland Research Fund initiative in mid 2019” Ms Duffy concluded.

WRI will host the business gathering at 6pm on Tuesday 26 of February at the Cowra Business Chamber Hub at 16/59 Kendall Street.

The event is open to any one interested in the economic development of Cowra or regional NSW.

Please RSVP to team@wri.org.au for catering purposes.

Event: Business gathering with WRI

Date: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at 6:00pm

Venue: The Cowra Business Chamber Hub, 16/59 Kendall St, Cowra NSW

RSVP: team@wri.org.au