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CEO who ransomed tree-planting event for funding reportedly sacked

Gary Adshead
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A Perth Aboriginal organisation has reportedly fired their Chief Executive after he used the new aboriginal heritage laws to withheld approval for two major tree-planting events under a demand for $2.5 million in funding.

Whadjuck Aboriginal Corporation has allegedly removed David Collard as CEO following the stunning decision, which left South East Regional Land Care and four councils holding on to 5500 seedlings.

City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall told Gary Adshead on 6PR Mornings the event foreshadows more potential trouble being caused by the heritage laws.

“I don’t want this to be taken as an inflammatory statement, but I feel that whether Mr Collard has gone or not, there will be more Mr Collards pop up in the future trying to test this legislation,” Mr Hall said.

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Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Tony Buti said he was “extremely disappointed” by the turn of events.

“In fact, they wouldn’t have needed approval; it’s Tier 1, meaning they didn’t have to apply for approval in the irst place,” Mr Buti said.

Press PLAY to hear Mr Buti’s full response to the news

Image: Whadjuck Aboriginal Corporation

 

 

Gary Adshead
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