Friends of Ku-ring-gai



Resources to help you

This section provides information that you may find useful in understanding the threats and potential solutions to protecting the character of Ku-ring-gai.

Also included are useful sites and contact details if you wish to review or challenge a decision with which you disagree. Links are provided from the menu to additional information.

If you have a particular issue that’s got your goat, or even if you just want to let the ‘powers that be’ know how disgusted you are with a particular decision or process adopted by any planning decision-maker, then get it off your chest to the Minister, your local MPs, and of course the media!  Please send us a copy too!

You’ll probably find plenty of material on this site that you can make good use of in drafting your letter or email – including our list of contacts below.

Useful web sites
Name Address Notes
Ku-ring-gai Council Includes copies of planning documents, business papers etc.
National Trust of Australia (NSW) Focused on protecting and caring for the built, cultural and natural heritage of NSW; through advocacy, conservation and educational programmes.
Environmental Defender’s Office NSW EDO NSW is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.  The EDO helps community groups and others who want to protect the environment through law.
Australian Council of National Trusts Placed Ku-ring-gai UCAs on its Endangered Places list in 2000, and the Jim McDougall House on its 2009 National Top Ten Heritage Places at Risk
Better Planning Network A NSW-wide umbrella group of over 470 community action groups, advocating for a better planning framework in NSW – one that preserves/enhances the opportunities for communities to influence/control the heritage, environment, streetscapes and amenity of their area of interest.  Importantly, also advocating transparency of planning decisions, and adherence to the NSW Liberal Government’s pre-election “contract” to “return planning control to local communities”!
Nature Conservation Council of NSW Blue Gum High Forest and other environmental issues
Save Our Suburbs The myths of the benefits of Planning NSW’s urban consolidation polices.  Planning NSW has preferred to “spin” these policies rather than rebut the flaws pointed out.
FairGo Have your say to pollies, cheaply and effectively!
Australasian Legal Information Institute Comprehensive database of legislation and court decisions.  Includes NSW’s various State Environmental Planning Policies, etc.
STEP Community-based environmental conservation in Ku-ring-gai & surrounding suburbs
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society History of your suburb and maybe your house!  Great research facilities.

Useful contact details – newspapers, politicians, etc

We can’t guarantee that all details in this list are completely up-to-date.  Please let us know if you find any errors in it.

The important thing is to make sure that our politicians etc understand what we want them to do, and, if they’re doing something else, to let them know we’re not happy!  Hopefully our list of CONTACTS will make this a little easier!

As for our own contact details, they are here .

What they say about Ku-ring-gai

Over the years a range of expert and distinguished Australians have recorded their views of the importance of Ku-ring-gai’s natural and built heritage, at both State and National level. We’ve gathered together some of those in our list of quotes.  Check them out – you’ll wonder why we are still having to fight to protect Ku-ring-gai from the depredations of developers in partnership with the NSW State Government!