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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.
Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) - Greater Sydney Plan for the North District is on Public Exhibition Now. These plans will determine the development of Ku-ring-gai over the next 20 years.
PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 31 MARCH. FOKE has prepared submission points to assist members making a submission. The North District plan is a lengthy and cumbersome document, and we hope you find our North District Briefing note of assistance in preparing your submission. It is important that we make our concerns heard! You can read the entire draft North District Plan at www.greater.sydney/north-district. Send your feedback or submission to Greater Sydney Commission's Have Your Say
Advance Notice of FOKE AGM
The FOKE AGM will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the Uniting Church Hall, Killara at 6.30pm. Details to follow.
FOKE Heritage Walks Festival 2017
FOKE is again leading 4 Events in Ku-ring-gai in April and May as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival. Click on the Heritage Walks for more information.
Loss of more Ku-ring-gai Community Assets - Turramurra
In February, Ku-ring-gai Councillors voted to consign another Public Asset for development. Council planners recommended to allow development of the small green space in Turramurra, known as the Little Village Green. This is despite the recommendation of an independent inquiry to retain this space in the middle of a future massive town-hub development. This vote illustrates the development-driven system that the residents of NSW are enduring under the current State Government. Last September, the Lindfield Library and Senior Centre site were reclassified as operational land by Ku-ring-gai Council. Overall 25 community assets have now been reclassified by our Council to pay predominantly for the purchase of their new administation building. These so-called “under-utilised assets” included the Culworth Avenue Car Park, Killara; the Lifeline Centre, Gordon; the Gordon Community Pre-school; the Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, Pymble; and various pieces of public land adjacent to East Killara, West Pymble and East Lindfield shops.
With all these sites being rationalised for more highrise development, where will the community facilities and public spaces exist for current and future generations' benefit and use? With an increasing population and high costs to repurchase land when needed, this is short term thinking in the extreme. More».
Baird's Council Amalgamation Push lacks validity The Baird Government imperative for larger and fewer Local Government areas makes many assumptions which are not backed by evidence. Mayor Abelson from Mosman is an economist and has co-authored an interesting paper called Smoke and Mirrors. Some of the conclusions include that a) Financial capacity is fundamentally a function of local community income, not of council size; b) There is little evidence to show that financial capacity or efficiency is a function of the size of a council or that mega councils of 250,000 or more persons are more efficient than small councils; c) Most councils in the Sydney Metropolitan area require more flexible rate pricing and d) Less well-off and lower density council areas will not be improved by amalgamation alone. To download the summary presentation, click here Smoke & Mirrors Presentation 2015. To download the full report, click here Smoke & Mirrors Report.
YouTube Documentary: State of Siege Much of what we expected, and were promised, in respect of planning reform from a Coalition Government has not been acted on. As a consequence the documentary that exposed the ills of the past remains relevant in 2016. Click State of Siege to see the entire 2011 documentary directed by Dennis Grosvenor that exposes the history of corruption behind planning and development in New South Wales. For more information go to www.stateofsiege.com.au
Check out our latest Media Releases , detailing FOKE's stand against Forced Amalgamations. Media Release 14 March 2017