Group outlines work to visiting commissioner

MEETING: Cassandra Williams and Andrew Hallett from Wildlife Rescue Whyalla and Surrounding Areas together with Dr Gary Johns this week. Photo: Supplied
MEETING: Cassandra Williams and Andrew Hallett from Wildlife Rescue Whyalla and Surrounding Areas together with Dr Gary Johns this week. Photo: Supplied

Members of a Whyalla animal rescue organisation had the chance to speak about the group's work when they met the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits commissioner Dr Gary Johns this week.

Cassandra Williams and Andrew Hallett from Wildlife Rescue Whyalla and Surrounding Areas shared stories about bottle-feeding joeys, rehoming lambs and posting warnings - such as a recent call-out to take care around a herd of goats on the road to Port Augusta.

Ms Williams said it was great to have the opportunity to highlight the organisation's work and its importance to the community.

"We are all passionate about animal welfare and everyone around Whyalla knows they can turn to us if they come across an injured animal, day or night," she said.

Dr Johns is travelling about 400 kilometres this week, meeting charities in Whyalla, Port Augusta, Davenport, Port Pirie, Clare, Balaklava, Gawler and Adelaide.

"It's really important as the regulator that we know what is happening on the ground, to hear about what charities are working on, the incredible programs they run, and some of the challenges they might have," he said.

Dr Johns said a new way the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was supporting charities was to offer the opportunity to promote their programs on the Charity Register.

"The ACNC Charity Register was searched by potential donors, philanthropists and the wider community more than three million times last financial year," he said.

"The new programs feature of the register represents a great opportunity for charities to promote what they do and possibly increase their support, such as donations or the number of volunteers."