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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release June 2006

Forum on Destroying Sydney

Hi SOS Members

I have been invited to be the guest speaker at a forum organised by the community organisation FOKE on Monday 19 June. FOKE comprises a lively gutsy group of people doing their utmost to ameliorate the ravages resulting from the Government's high-density policies in the Ku-ring-gai area. All are welcome to attend as you can see from the press release below.

Tony Recsei


PRESS RELEASE June 2006 “TO SAVE THE CITY, FIRST THEY DESTROY IT”

Award-winning community group, Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment Inc (FOKE), has chosen the topic “To save the city, first they destroy it” for its customary post-Annual General Meeting forum and has invited Dr Tony Recsei BSc, M Eng.Sc. PhD., Environmental Consultant, President of Save Our Suburbs Inc. to speak on that topic. The forum will be held on Monday 19th June at 8.15pm (following the conclusion of the AGM) at the Uniting Church Hall, Five Ways Killara. The community is invited to attend the forum.

FOKE President, Anne Carroll said: ‘ “To save the city, first they destroy it” was the banner headline given to a recent newspaper article in The Sydney Morning Herald after its author, Michael Duffy, visited Ku-ring-gai and saw what is happening here and what is likely to happen, as a result of the NSW Government’s current urban consolidation policies. While FOKE is not antidevelopment it is against inappropriate development of the kind resulting from these policies.'

“Six years ago, the Australian Council of National Trusts listed Ku-ring-gai’s Urban Conservation Areas on its Endangered Places Program predicting this destruction, citing the State Government’s medium density policy as actually promoting the destruction and noting that unless the policy were modified, local development controls strengthened and residential strategies based on heritage principles adopted, the garden suburbs of Ku-ring-gai would be under threat. Today, six years on, it is a distressing reality. FOKE’s PowerPoint presentation will demonstrate this,” Mrs Carroll said.

Available for viewing at the forum will be FOKE’s photographic displays “Urban Consolidation: The Cost is Our Heritage” and “Living in the Shadows” which show the deleterious effects the State Government's blanket approach urban consolidation policies are having on Ku-ring-gai.

Guest speaker, Dr Recsei says “All the evidence shows the (urban consolidation) policy increases congestion, causes destruction of the environment, increases the cost of housing and decreases housing choice.”

Mrs Carroll adds that some of the new buildings in Ku-ring-gai could be contenders for the Bad Developer Awards 2006, an initiative of the NSW Greens Party. Bad Developer Award nomination forms will be available at the meeting.

MONDAY 19 JUNE 2006,
UNITING CHURCH HALL, CNR ARNOLD ST/KARRANGA AVE (FIVE WAYS) KILLARA.
7.45 PM FOKE’S AGM FOR MEMBERS
8.15 PM “TO SAVE THE CITY, FIRST THEY DESTROY IT”

PUBLIC MEETING
GUEST SPEAKER - Dr Tony Recsei
B Sc M Eng Sc PhD Environmental Consultant
President of Save Our Suburbs Inc

For more information:
Anne Carroll OAM, President, Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment Inc (FOKE) Tel 9498 1807

FOKE, Winner of The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NSW)
2000 Metro Pride Awards, NSW Heritage Office Cultural Heritage Conservation Award.
“Heritage Watch Over Our Place of National Significance – Ku-ring-gai.”



Tony Recsei

President, Save Our Suburbs

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