Comprehensive State of the Environment Report 2008/09

Kempsey Shire Council 2009

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Summary

The following Comprehensive State of the Environment (SoE) Report has been prepared for the Kempsey Shire LGA for the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act (1993), taking into account the 1997 amendments to the Act. This report builds on the last Comprehensive SoE Report prepared in 2003/04 and associated Supplementary Reports prepared in the intervening period from 2004/05 to 2007/08.

Since the last Comprehensive Report prepared in 2003/04, significant progress has been made on a number of community environmental projects as well as integrating environmental management and reporting mechanisms into Council operations. The development and adoption of the Kempsey Shire Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Strategy in 2007 was a significant achievement and has allowed for a more strategic approach to the delivery of various environmental and sustainability projects across the Shire.

For a detailed list of projects commenced and, or completed during the 2008-09 reporting period refer to Table 1 in Chapter 1 – Towards Sustainability.

Aim

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 nonaboriginal 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 2008/09 Comprehensive 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 2008/2009 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 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 identify future reporting requirements with regard to data and information collection to establish appropriate environmental indicators.
  • To reflect community views as presented through a community consultation process.
  • To provide open and transparent accountability of Council's operations and environmental performance.
  • To observe and quantify changes in the state of the environment to allow Council to put in place appropriate responses, or to gauge the success of those responses already enacted.