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Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment

Welcome to FOKE

Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment is a community group dedicated to the conservation and protection of Ku-ring-gai’s built and natural environment. On behalf of residents we work for the maintenance of Ku-ring-gai’s built and natural heritage and the enhancement of its existing character and amenity.

Ku-ring-gai Council plans to sell more community assets

One has to delve into the Ku-ring-gai Council’s Community Strategic Plan’s detailed attachments to unearth the basis of the Strategic Plan. Unfortunately, the Draft Long Term Financial Plan (DLTFP) accompanying
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Assault on our Suburbs

Though at first glance the Draft Design & Place State Environment Planning Policy incorporates all the ‘well meaning’ principles of good planning in its introduction, the detail in the objectives
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“A sting” in Planning Department’s Approval of Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy

Council submitted Ku-ring-gai’s Local Housing Strategy to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) in December 2020 with the core objective of meeting Ku-ring-gai’s housing targets to 2036, through
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Chaos in Ku-ring-gai Council Prior to Council Elections

Since the September 21st when new Mayor Cedric Spencer was installed as Mayor after a tied 5-5 vote was resolved by his name drawn from a box, no effective Council
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Heritage Act Reforms

In May 2021, the NSW Government announced a major review of the Heritage Act, 1977 which would contribute to its legislative reform. The NSW Heritage Act is the single most
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Council’s Quiet Divestment of Community Land

In a controversial decision in June, council resolved behind closed doors the future of ‘surplus’ parcels of ‘operational’ land for divestment. Ratepayers deserve to know which council owned land is
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The challenge of protecting and enhancing Ku-ring-gai’s character

Following on from December’s article on Ku-ring-gai’s Local Character Study, we now have the next iteration of these Broad Local Character statements for review as a result of comments received
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Minister Stokes, a pandemic inspired opportunity for a better NSW!

NSW Planning is going forward with plans for high rise and high density in Sydney when all the facts suggest that the Covid-19 epidemic has changed the way people will
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Important dates



Ku-ring-gai Council regularly puts various plans up on their website for comment. Not all are circulated to residents.


It is important to check their site regularly. The link is Your Say.


Currently there are a number of plans affecting Roseville Chase, Wahroonga and St Ives.


Dedfinitely worth a look!



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3 months ago

Andrew Taylor of SMH reports:
‘Losing its green heart’: Why a Sydney council plans to sell off green space to developers

"Ku-ring-gai resident Tim Coomes discovered the bowling club site during ... See more

3 months ago

It is clear vested interests in this State have substantial power and influence over State Planning policies.

3 months ago

"An excerpt of the resignation letter
Further to these concerns, I have raised with you concerns that I have with the advised relationship of the Minister and Coronation Property Group. These ... See more

3 months ago

State’s architect warned against developer-led dumping of green housing plan.

It is clear that the Urban Taskforce and other property industry lobby groups have too much influence over MPs and ... See more

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