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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.

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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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
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Important dates



The FOKE AGM will be on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at the Uniting Church Hall, Killara at 7.30 pm.


For the safety of our members there will be no Public Meeting this year due to Covid 19. Only fully vaccinated members will be allowed to attend. Masks will be mandatory.


We hope to return to a Public Forum with a range of interesting speakers from 2023.


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It's always concerning when the NSW State Government comes up with feel-good wording like "affordable" housing, especially when it's to justify housing (ie ... See more

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What do you think of the millions of dollars of government handouts at election time?

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The manipulation going on with political donations needs to stop!
"In total, political parties collectively declared about $177 million in funding last financial year – but just $15 million was ... See more

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