Nathan Tinkler has offered $15,000 to fund a Newcastle City Council trip to China.
The Newcastle Herald reports Tinkler's offer was made after councilors this week voted against allocating Council money on the visit.
According to the Newcastle Herald the trip's purpose was to establish trade links and relationships between Newcastle and Yantai City in Shandong Province.
The Newcaslte Herald reports Tinkler made the offer in an email to the Council, which it is currently assessing.
"I don’t want to influence councilors one way of the other, but I think there's got to be a really strong consideration of the probity of it all," he said.
The Council said it was seeking legal advice on the offer before it made a decision.