Old Newcastle post office to be handed to Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council

NEWCASTLE lord mayor Jeff McCloy has labelled Newcastle's old post office the best building in Newcastle and within three months it will be handed over to the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Last week the Land and Environment Court ordered the state government to transfer its ownership to the Awabakal land council.

The court ruled the state government had failed to prove the site was needed for essential public services or was being used or occupied.

The Awabakal land council will use the building as a training and healthcare centre.

About $10 million will be needed to repair the building, despite the fact the state government had already spent money on remediation work.

The state government's intentions revolved around a retail or hospitality development.