Supplementary State of the Environment Report 2005

Kempsey Shire Council 2005

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About the report

Introduction

The following Supplementary State of the Environment (SoE) Report has been prepared as an ancillary to the 2004 Comprehensive SoE Report, for the Kempsey Shire LGA for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005, in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act (1993).

As highlighted in the 2004 Comprehensive SoE Report, Kempsey Shire Council formally adopted an Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy following the newly elected Council in 2004. Through this policy Council made a commitment to adopting ESD principles in decisionmaking and to undertake a Local Agenda 21 program to assist Council in embracing ESD practices and for developing Action Plans and ESD Performance Indicators.

The aim of this SoE Report is to provide an update on the trends in environmental indicators of the core environmental sectors; the land, water, atmosphere, biodiversity, human settlements and aboriginal and non-aboriginal heritage. While doing so the report will provide a “snapshot” of the present day environment in Kempsey Shire with that of previous years and identify any new environmental pressures since the previous report.

Objectives

The objectives of the 2005 Supplementary State of the Environment Report are summarised as follows:

  • To provide a snapshot of the state of the environment of the Kempsey Shire in the year 2004/2005 to enable monitoring of Council and the communities performance in moving towards sustainability.
  • To identify any new environmental pressures and comment on trends in environmental indicators of the core environmental sectors; the land, water, atmosphere, biodiversity, human settlements, aboriginal and non-aboriginal heritage.
  • To provide usable information and data to enable more effective environmental decision-making across all departments of Council.
  • To provide open and transparent accountability of Council’s operations and environmental performance.