30 years of history showcased in new book on Cowra

From the events that shaped our town, to the individuals and groups who have contributed to the local community, nearly every facet of life in the last 30 years of Cowra has been covered in a newly launched history book.

A follow up to "Cowra on the Lachlan", "Cowra into the 21st Century" provides a snapshot of the area, the people and historic moments since 1989.

The book, which was three years in the making, was officially launched at the Cowra Civic Centre last Thursday night.

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said the book wouldn't be possible without the support and contribution of the Cowra community, led by the Cowra History Book committee.

"This wonderful book has truly been a collaborative effort between all sectors of the Cowra community," Cr West said.

"I think when we started this, we had a hope and a dream that we would get something truly spectacular and worthwhile, but we probably really didn't realise how much hard work was involved in getting there and there has been an immense volume of work.

"The committee should be incredibly proud in what's been finally produced as a wonderful document... [they have] worked tirelessly to produce the wonderful book we see today."

Committee chair, Cr Bruce Miller thanked his fellow committee members, as well as managing editor Leanne Peters.

He said the project became about an overview of life in the shire during the past 30 years, rather than a detailed historical account.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those community members who contributed to this book and enabled a snapshot in time to become a reality," he said.

"Delving into Cowra's changes from 1988 to 2018 illustrates the wonderful progress and development of our town and Shire and how much we have achieved over the past 30 years."

The launched also featured a Q&A session with former Cowra Citizen of the Year, Rowena Casey and Young Citizen of the Year, Olivia Perkins, who spoke about their upbringing in the town, as well as Cowra's past and future respectively.

The book is now available for purchase at the Cowra Japanese Garden, Cowra Visitor Information Centre, Re'Lish, Kendal Street Newsagency, Cowra Newsagency and Cowra Regional Art Gallery.