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An environmental group says it is disappointed the New South Wales corruption watchdog has ruled out further investigating a top Newcastle bureaucrat's conflicts of interest over the cutting of the rail line.
Hunter Development Corporation general manager Bob Hawes owns land close to what will be the new Wickham interchange.
The matter was referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), but the commissioner Megan Latham found there is no evidence of corruption, despite acknowledging the conflict of interest.
The Hunter Environment Lobby's Jan Davis says Mr Hawes' interests need further scrutiny.
"We know we can't prove that. We didn't make an allegation - what we said was it should be looked into," she said.
"We're really conscious that government money is being spent on helping private developers prop up their claims.
"In the case of the cutting of the rail line, we know that's happening.
"Private developers will profit, and we're not happy about it."
Commissioner Latham also dismissed the lobby's allegation the Department of Planning has been influenced by the government's UrbanGrowth NSW in the truncation of the rail line.
But Ms Davis stands by the claims.
"We can't prove it, but we know that is what happens," she said.
"We know that the people make profits.
"What we'd like to see is an open and transparent process at all times, so that everybody can see that there isn't anything happening underhand."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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