Our Experience

Each Gurehlgam Director can boast an impressive curriculum vitae with significant number of years of experience in their respective field of interest. This collaboration provides the Company with a solid foundation of management expertise to handle and deliver our services for our clients professionally and to their expectations.

Kenn Payne - Managing Director

Business/employment history:

  • Consultancies:
    • Preferred service provider for Indigenous Business Australia. Provide business planning assistance to clients.
    • Procurement consultant for NSW Family and Community Services for Ability Links program and others
    • Capacity building consultant for the Aboriginal Housing Office.
    • Approved business consultant to the Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace relations.
  • Volunteer roles 2008:
    • Australian Business Volunteers. Assignment in Vientiane, Laos PDR:- teaching small business management.


  • Masters of Business Administration through Southern Cross University. Focus is on small business development.  
  • Bachelor of Business (Retail Management)  Monash University, 2000
  • Training and Assessment TAA04    Coffs Harbour TAFE    
  • Company Directors Course. 2010  

Julie Perkins - Company Secretary

Business/employment history:

  • Manager - Aboriginal Legal Services –Northern Region deleted for past 10 years.
  • Manager – Aboriginal Education and Employment DEETYA – Northern NSW for 12 years.


  • Bachelor of Laws     Southern Cross University - 1998
  • Diploma of Social Welfare    Macarthur Institute (Partially completed)
  • Frontline Management, Cert IV    TAFE – Grafton - 2004
  • Various other short courses in human resource management, law & justice issues and Indigenous Well- being and family & children’s matters – particularly well-being and family violence

Pat Walter - Finance Officer

Business/employment history:

  • Accountant – Grafton Base Hospital.
  • Community Housing.
  • Many Rivers Administration and Legal Services Ltd
  • Durahrwa Training and Development Aboriginal Corporation.

Recent Training Undertaken:

  • Fringe Benefits Tax training – Sydney
  • Problem Solving MYOB – Coffs Harbour
  • Tax & Superannuation – Tweed Heads
  • Changes to Superannuation – Grafton

Latest News

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Grafton NSW

18-26 Victoria St. Grafton 2460
Tel: (02) 6642 8677
Fax: (02) 6642 1195
Mailing: PO Box 1676,
Grafton NSW 2460

Kempsey NSW

39 Elbow St. West Kempsey 2440
Tel:02 6562 5856

Corindi Beach, NSW

170 Red Rock Road, Corindi Beach, 2456

(02) 66407100

Gurehlgam Featured Gallery


  • Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Legal Service
  • Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
    • Wadjar Indigenous Regional Gallery
    • Nuralamee Conference Centre
    • Jalumbo Heritage Centre
  • Clarence Valley Aboriginal Healing Centre and Garden
  • Specialist Homelessness Service, Clarence Valley, Indigenous
  • Consultancy Services
  • Cultural training and support