Supplementary State of the Environment Report 2009/10

Kempsey Shire Council 2010

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Summary

The following Supplementary State of the Environment (SoE) Report has been prepared for the Kempsey Shire LGA for the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010, 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 2008/09 and associated Supplementary Reports prepared in the intervening period from 2004/05 to 2007/08.

Since the Comprehensive Report prepared back 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 2009-10 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 2009/10 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 2009/2010 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 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.