Environmental levy grant funding is supporting the Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment (FOKE) in their project for development of the Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion.
In Australia, GeoRegions are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of geological significance are linked together around a central natural or cultural value. Their intended ‘bottom-up’ approach of combining conservation with sustainable development aims to involve local communities. The establishment of GeoRegions is a first exploratory step towards a potential nomination as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion is well known for its significant natural and cultural heritage values. The GeoRegion covers protected areas, principally the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park as well as the coastal cliffs and lagoons along a section of the Northern Beaches of Sydney. An integral part of a GeoRegion is the development of geotourism projects such as educational geotrails focussing on the geology and landscape.
FOKE is working to establish identified walks that will be recognised as part of the GeoRegion. Signage has recently been installed in several locations to educate visitors about the region's geology, biodiversity and Aboriginal heritage.
Find out more: Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion – FOKE – Friends of Kuringai Environment
Fox Valley, Browns Field Diatreme
The first of six proposed Georegion Trails have been installed at Fox Valley. A diatreme is a volcanic crater/plug formed by explosive eruptions which have then eroded over. Selected sites are unique geological/landscape stories that are easily accessed and frequently visited. Go and take a look!
Watch a video about the project