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Our Vision:

Our vision is to build the civic centre for our century.  The civic centre we all know is a mix of business, community, events, and a place to get help and contact people in your community.  

We plan to do this by building a national platform of community websites for local users. This platform will deliver services to local business and community to all country towns. This is a grass roots organisation delivering unique websites to each unique county town.

We plan to give back to all the communities by building a network of regionally based managers that run and manage these sites independently with a focus on local advertising and local business.

Who we are:

OurPatch is the work of Simon van Wyk and Patrick Cusack.

We all love regional Australia.

Patrick was born and went to school in Tamworth and Simon has been interested in camp drafting and has been to some remote and exotic Australian towns.

We wanted to build a network of sites that helped regional Australians build their businesses and to give the people in these towns the tools to build community.

We recognise small local business is the lifeblood on every regional community and our sites are aimed to assist these people build business in their community.

About the Team:

Simon van Wyk

Simon van Wyk might have been born in South Africa but he's been in Australia for 20 years. His love of the Australian bush and his interest in camp drafting has taken him all over the country. He's been to some of the smallest towns in Austalia and some of the most remote places. His favourite rodeo is the Warwick rodeo and his favourite country town is Parachilna. You can see these journeys at Flickr. Simon's profile can be found at LinkedIn and Facebook

Simon helped found web development company HotHouse in 1994 with a stated aim of building a company that endures. Considered by his peers an industry pioneer, his role is to set the strategy and direction for OurPatch. Simon has developed interactive solutions for a who's who of national and multinational clients, most notably i7/Olympics 2000, Toyota Australia, and HCF. Simon has played an integral part in the relationships, trust and reputation for delivery that HotHouse has acquired over the past decade.

Simon is married to Linda and has three children.

Patrick Cusack

Patrick Cusack has traveled extensively, and his perspective on Australian life grows fonder every year. His background in maritime design and construction led Patrick into computing through CAD and digital design environments.

Throughout his career, technology has been a means to an end, and the outcomes are as much about people and their engagement with this media.

Pat was also one of the founders at HotHouse in 1994, when the Internet was considered a poor cousin to CD-ROM in new media. He has been at the vanguard of the dramatic growth of online technologies for more than a decade. Pat designed, developed and deployed Australia's seminal database-driven publishing platform, implemented for clients including Telstra, Microsoft, Toyota and a slew of local and international corporate clients. Patrick's experience with high-volume, high-profile web platforms is tempered with a pragmatic approach to getting the best value from contemporary rapid development technologies.

Published: Aug 10, 2007 5:32pm by hunter

Last updated: May 31, 2009 6:45pm

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