State of the Environment
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. This condition–pressure–response information can be used to increase community awareness of environmental issues, and to guide natural resource managers in prioritising and addressing management actions.
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 four 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 SoE reports provide environmental benchmarks which councils and natural resource managers can use for better decision-making.
Click this link 2016 State of the Environment Report to download the latest report. Please note PDF size of 6.8 MB. Other reports are available for download below.