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Jane Goldsmith is a journalist, newsreader and producer based in Newcastle and began working with NBN Television in 2001. Originally from Port Macquarie, Jane has worked in television news and radio for 14 years and studied at the University of Newcastle.

ICAC INQUIRY CONTINUES, EXAMINING FORMER AWABAKAL LAND COUNCIL BOARD

A public inquiry has resumed in Sydney, as the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigates a series of proposals to sell land, owned by the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council. According to the Operation Skyline witness list, Awabakal’s former deputy chair Richard Green will take the stand for the next three days. The inquiry will examine whether any Awabakal board director acted dishonestly or breached their duties in relation to the sale and development of properties owned by the land council, between 2014 and 2016.    

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ALINTA’S $250-MILLION BID FOR AGL’S LIDDELL POWER STATION

Alinta Energy has formally offered AGL $250-million for the ageing Liddell power station.   AGL today confirmed it has received a non-binding and highly conditional cash offer from Alinta and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, for the Hunter facility, its associated assets and site. It’s “assessing the proposal” – but is giving no assurances a sale will result. AGL says it has not sought to offload Liddell, which it needs to provide energy to its customers until 2022.  

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NO INTEREST IN QUEENS WHARF TOWER

Newcastle Council wants the Queens Wharf tower to go – and it seems no one else wants it either. There’s been no formal expressions of interest for buying it, despite initial inquiries from a group in Western Australia. The council’s now in the process of organising tender documents for the structure’s demolition and removal, with a contract to be awarded in July. The tower would have cost about $1.6-million over the next four years to maintain. Council hopes it will be dismantled by August.

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