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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

Congratulations to all the councillors newly elected or re-elected to Ku-ring-gai Council.

Councillors Jeff Pettett and Greg Taylor (Comenarra Ward); Councillors Simon Lennon and Barbara Ward (Gordon Ward); Councillors Sam Ngai and Alec Taylor (Roseville Ward); Councillors Christine Kay and Martin Smith (St Ives Ward); Councillors Cedric Spencer and Kim Wheatley (Wahroonga Ward).

We look forward to working with you to preserve the special characteristics of our Ku-ring-gai suburbs as we progress through the varied NSW Planning requirements.


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7 months ago

Councils FURIOUS at ‘disrespectful’ rezoning announcement!
A punishing new planning regime for NSW councils has been described as a follow-up gut punch to councils before the NSW cabinet ... See more

7 months ago

Interesting article on how sky-rocketing Sydney house prices are driving people to move to the the Central Coast. The pros and the cons?

7 months ago

Sydney's population growth not sustainable."The NSW population forecasts were made in 2019, before the pandemic hit.

Since then, there has been a massive rise in the number of people working from ... See more

8 months ago

When is destruction to koala habitat going to stop? One public comment to the article has stated "This truly a sad state of affairs. Our environmental laws have been over ridden in preference to ... See more

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