Council resolved last Tuesday night to terminate the funding and service agreements it has with the business improvement associations (BIAs) in the city, including Newcastle Now. Council will replace the deeds with new agreements as of 30 June 2019.
The Newcastle Business Improvement Association (Newcastle Now) will continue to exist and will deliver projects currently in train until the end of January 2019.
Newcastle Now Chairman Edward Duc said that “The Board has met since I made comments in the media about wrapping up and has resolved to maintain the organisation and keep working for the benefit of the City.”
“The association is an entity in its own right and still has a functioning Board as we are all volunteers.”
“It is our expectation that the Executive Manager, Richard Christian, will stay on in the near term to ensure a smooth administrative transition and the delivery of existing projects.”
Mr Christian said “the allegations that have been levelled at Newcastle Now in the last 6 months relate to events before my time. I’ve tried very hard to strengthen relationships with our key stakeholders and to improve administrative processes within the organisation since my appointment.”
He went on to say, “I’m looking forward to working with the Council and the Board to improve the way the Special Rate Funds are used to support and revitalise the City Centre.”