Regional State of the Environment 2016

The Regional State of the Environment Project (on behalf of the 15 participating councils & NCLLS)
November 2016

Cover of Regional State of the Environment 2012


About the report

This Regional State of the Environment 2016 (RSoE) is the second prepared for the North Coast region of New South Wales (NSW). It involved collaboration between the 12 general purpose councils (councils) along the region’s coast, (from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in the south to Tweed Shire Council in the north and including Lismore and Kyogle councils), three county councils (now Rous County Council), and the North Coast Local Land Services (formerly the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority). It aims to report on environmental condition at both a regional and local level primarily for the 2012 to 2016 reporting period, but including information from the 2012 RSoE where relevant.

Map of the Councils participating in the Regional SoE Report 2016

The RSoE utilises national, state and local data which is broken down by local government area where possible to provide local trends but is also used to provide regional trends. The reporting region for the 2016 report has changed since the 2012 report due to the transition of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) to the North Coast Local Land Services (LLS) in 2014. This change resulted in the reporting region changing to match the boundaries of the twelve participating Local Government Areas (LGA).

A State of the Environment (SoE) report serves to inform the community and local and state governments on the condition of the environment in the reporting area, key pressures acting on the environment, and responses to those key pressures.

SoE reporting is a requirement for local government under the Local Government Act 1993. Amendments to the Act in 2009 altered the reporting schedule and structure, requiring a comprehensive SoE report every 4 years (in the year of an ordinary election). The SoE reports are part of the NSW Government’s Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework. This framework guides each council’s strategic planning and reporting, and requires the creation of a community strategic plan which incorporates environmental objectives among other things. The RSoE provides environmental benchmarks which councils and natural resource managers can use for better decision making.