Dear NSW Aboriginal Affairs & Minister David Harris,
As a member of the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, I request that you provide me with a copy of the extended contract for the Administrator Instrument of Engagement in relation to the CEO/Administrator appointment.
Initially, Tim Gumbleton was hired on a six-month contract worth $81,000 (plus GST), but we need to obtain the specifics of the extended contract.
Note: I have already obtained the original contract from NSW Aboriginal Affairs:
*Origin request here via Right to Know.
FOI: Extension contract by NSW Labor Aboriginal Affairs for Tim Gumbleton at Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Councilhttps://t.co/YydeU5B1jr via .@righttoknowau .@ChrisMinnsMP .@david4wyong #Indigenous #Australia
— Barayamal (@Barayamal3) June 20, 2023
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