ATO supporting Indigenous small business - Indigiearth's story - transcript


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Hi my name is Sharon Winsor, and I’m managing director of Indigiearth. Indigiearth is a company where we produce Australian native foods, Australian native skin products and we are also a traditional Aboriginal dance company.

A lot of the products, especially the native jams, sauces and chutneys, I source the native fruits back from Aboriginal communities around the country where I can, and where I can’t I’m actually helping some communities set up their own native produce business or wild harvesting, so that we can purchase fruits back from communities and the income, employment stays in their own communities.

Probably the last six or seven years I’ve had lots of dealings with the ATO, and support through different departments with the ATO, and being able to have a general understanding of what the benefits are, what sorts of things you can and can’t do, and they’ve been really helpful for me for understanding, especially when GST came in, you know with my native products and native foods, and understanding what has GST and doesn’t have GST, and how that all works.

We’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of different things over the years, with performing at NRL games, to filming with Tara Banks and America’s Next Top models when they come, performing for Oprah’s Australiana experience.

I’m a descent of the Ngemba nation, the Wailwan people, which is north-west NSW. My family comes from around Gulargambone, and I grew up in around Gunnedah and Coonabarabran, in central west NSW.

I was always passionate about wanting to educate people about Aboriginal culture, especially in NSW.

My daughter is 14 and she is already planning on taking over the business, I guess I see it as something I can pass onto my children, they’re already very proud of the business, and the things that we do.

So I guess if you’ve got the passion to do something, just do it, and, you know if you really believe in it then you just have to do it, give it a shot.

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    Last modified: 19 Jan 2016QC 45075