CHARITY group Barayamal, founded by former Gunnedah man Dean Foley, seeks to support indigenous entrepreneurship that will benefit not only the participants, but the entire community, and on Friday staff got to share some of their expertise.
Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits (ACNC) commissioner Dr Gary Johns visited Gunnedah as part of a wider fact-finding tour, and had a chat to Mr Foley about a number of issues affecting the local indigenous population, and the demographic in general.
Although, one of the main topics they spoke about was in relation to all types of charities, with Mr Foley arguing there was too much 'red tape' that stopped groups from being able to host fundraisers.
He believes the requirement to have a fundraising license limits some organisations, who lack the time or staff to go through the necessary procedures to gain one and therefore face the risk of fines or regulatory action.
Another issue raised which he thinks would be beneficial for indigenous charitable organisations is tax exemptions.
"I was trying to explore whether there was an opportunity for the ACNC to take that to the government, for a potential tax exemption for indigenous charities that are operating in their community, like the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council in Gunnedah," he said.
"That could provide a lot of money that they could put in their programs to have a big impact."
A major focus of Mr Foley's is ensuring everything the charity does is for the benefit of the wider community.
As a Kamilaroi man himself, he identifies this way of thinking as one of the major pillars of the indigenous culture, which has never rewarded selfishness or individualism.
"It's about creating a better world for everybody through using indigenous entrepreneurship," he said.
"We're not trying to create a few indigenous millionaires who just want to evade tax and buy a new Ferrari, what we're trying to do is build some sustainable businesses so people can live comfortably and buy a house.
"But make them community orientated so they give back through cash or other kinds of support."
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