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FOKE is a community group with membership drawn from across Ku-ring-gai, opposing inappropriate and unsympathetic overdevelopment within Ku-ring-gai, and defending and promoting the cultural and natural heritage of Ku-ring-gai.
FOKE is not anti-development. We work on behalf of residents and friends for the maintenance of Ku-ring-gai’s heritage and the enhancement of the existing traditional character and amenity of its environment, both built and natural.
Save the Lindfield Library site. Ku-ring-gai Council has determined that the Lindfield Library Precinct is to be reclassified and sold for high-rise development prior to building a replacement Library, Senior Citizen or community facilities within Lindfield. The Council decision to sell the site is not in the community interest. It is contrary to the KLEP (Local Centres) 2012 plans. The intention is for the sale proceeds to go towards paying council debt or for infrastructure projects outside Lindfield. if you are against more public land being taken away from our community, write to your Councillor or Mayor Jennifer Anderson at Councillor email addresses or to ALL Councillors on KMC Councillors If you would like to add your name to FOKE's Petition or gather some additional signatures click here to print out a copy. Save the Lindfield Library Precinct Petition. Either post or email it to FOKE.
Baird's Council Amalgamation Push lacks validity The Baird Government imperative for larger and fewer Local Government areas makes many assumptions which are not backed by evidence. Mayor Abelson from Mosman is an economist and has co-authored an interesting paper called Smoke and Mirrors. Some of the conclusions include that a) Financial capacity is fundamentally a function of local community income, not of council size; b) There is little evidence to show that financial capacity or efficiency is a function of the size of a council or that mega councils of 250,000 or more persons are more efficient than small councils; c) Most councils in the Sydney Metropolitan area can run balanced operating budgets if they are not subject to unreasonable rate pegging by the state government; d) Less well-off and lower density council areas will most likely need some financial assistance to provide acceptable services with, or without, amalgamation. To download the summary presentation, click here Smoke & Mirrors Presentation 2015. To download the full report, click here Smoke & Mirrors Report.
High Court Upholds Ban on Political Donations from Developers In a judgment delivered in October 2015, a majority of the Court rejected a claim by Newcastle ex-mayor Jeff McCloy that the ban was an impermissible restriction on the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution. The Court also upheld the validity of caps on the maximum amount that can be donated to individual candidates and parties in NSW, which are set at $2000 and $5000 respectively. The decision removes a major obstacle to the Independent Commission Against Corruption releasing findings following its explosive inquiry into illicit political donations. Justice Stephen Gageler said the current provisions met the "compelling statutory object ... of preventing corruption and undue influence in the government of the state."
YouTube Documentary: State of Siege Much of what we expected, and were promised, in respect of planning reform from a Coalition win at the 2011 state election has not been acted on. As a consequence the documentary that exposed the ills of the past remains relevant in 2015. Click State of Siege to see the entire 2011 documentary directed by Dennis Grosvenor that exposes the history of corruption behind planning and development in New South Wales. For more information go to www.stateofsiege.com.au
Check out our latest Media Releases , detailing FOKE's concern about Planning in NSW. Media Release 2 November 2015
FOKE Celebrated the National Trust's Heritage Festival in May 2015 with three Walks in Ku-ring-gai that highlighted specific heritage and environmental aspects of the area. The accompanying booklets including historical details are available by clicking on each link. Annie Wyatt Walk, founder of the National Trust . Sheldon Forest Walk . Turramurra Heritage Walk