NEWCASTLE NOW ASKED TO ‘PLEASE EXPLAIN’

Newcastle Council wants business improvement group Newcastle Now to explain what it claims is a $1.1-million accounting discrepancy.

Council says it received a statement from the group saying it spent around $245,000 on staff costs over the last three years.

But that audited annual reports show it spent nearly $1.4-million.

“It was Newcastle Now that was spending the money but we were releasing it. When it came to my attention last year, we put a stop to it.”

Newcastle Now denies there’s a discrepancy – it plans to lodge a complaint with the Office of Local Government.

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Georgia Anderson graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Journalism before undertaking foreign correspondent training in the Czech Republic. Now based at NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked for several media organisations across New South Wales, covering a wide variety of issues.