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Who are we?

Friends of Ku-ring-ga Environment (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.

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Ku-ring-gai’s Housing Strategy – Further changes!

Ku-ring-gai’s Housing Strategy – Further changes!

Ku-ring-gai Council is preparing yet another Residential Housing Strategy, a planning process driven by the NSW Dept of Planning to periodically rezone more and more of our established garden suburbs for ever denser and taller apartment blocks. As we have expressed in...

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NSW’s Catastrophic Summer Needs Action

NSW’s Catastrophic Summer Needs Action

New laws are urgently needed to protect Ku-ring-gai’s bushland, forested landscapes and biodiversity. Australia’s unprecedented 2019-2020 bushfires have changed everything.  Never before has Australia witnessed an 11,000km fire edge that has burnt so much of...

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NSW Planning agenda for megacity Sydney!

NSW Planning agenda for megacity Sydney!

Ku-ring-gai Council has prepared a draft 20 year Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) for Ku-ring-gai that meets the objectives and population targets established by NSW Planning, and its implementation arm, the Greater Sydney Commission. All Councils are required to do likewise.

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The Once Lucky Country

The Once Lucky Country

‘The Once Lucky Country’ article makes some poignant warnings about where Australia’s cities, especially Sydney and Melbourne, are headed under current planning policies in terms of housing cost, liveability and jobs. The article appeared in the City Journal and is written by Joel Kotkin. He is the presidential fellow in urban futures…

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Celebrating 25 years

Celebrating 25 years

This year marks 25 years of FOKE working to protect the Ku-ring-gai’s heritage and environment.Over this time, we have made hundreds of submissions to Council, various NSW Government departments and the Greater Sydney Commission on issues pertinent to...

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Finally, the Berejiklian Government is having a moment of pause in their developer driven destruction of our suburbs. In May 2018 Planning Minister Roberts responded to the pressure caused by the rapid growth of apartments by stating he will put a suspension on new...

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Higher Density: The Facts Don’t Stack Up!

Higher Density: The Facts Don’t Stack Up!

By Tony Recsei, President of Save our Suburbs. Save Our Suburbs, a community group with members across Sydney, is alarmed at planning policies being introduced to force high-density into suburbs originally designed for low density living. The NSW Planning …
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Important Dates

The Draft Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy is on Public Exhibition until 8 May.

The Housing Strategy will determine the way our suburbs will be able to incorporate additional dwellings as required by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Your views on how this Housing Strategy will affect you and your area need to be communicated to your councillors. Please review the Draft Housing Strategy papers at Draft_Ku-ring-gai_Housing_Strategy_to_2036

To assist you in preparing a submission, please see the Letter to Ku-ring-gai residents from FOKE plus a Guideline for Draft Housing Strategy submission for some key points or ideas.

Postponement of AGM.

Due to Covid-19 and the new social distancing regulations we are unable to hold a meeting on the 20th May, as detailed in our March newsletter. We have requested and received approval from the Department of Fair Trading for a six month extension. We will be in contact with members with regard to a new date or advice as the situation develops.

 

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