Supplementary State of the Environment Report 2007/08

Kempsey Shire Council 2008

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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 2003/04 Comprehensive SoE Report and associated 2004/05 to 2006/07 Supplementary SoE Reports, for the Kempsey Shire LGA for the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act (1993).

The aim of this SoE Report is to provide an update on Kempsey Shire’s progress towards sustainability and the trends in environmental indicators of the core environmental sectors; the land, water, atmosphere (encompassing noise), biodiversity, human settlements (encompassing waste) 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 2007/08 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 2007/2008 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.