What is a State of the Environment Report?
A State of the Environment Report (SoE) provides a summary of the environment within the local government area and the human impacts on that environment. It provides an annual and comparable record of the local activities or responses of local government, industry and community groups in the protection, restoration and enhancement of the local environment. The SoE is therefore is a useful tool in measuring, and a mechanism for reporting on, Council and community progress towards Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).
Comparing SoE reports from year to year enables Council to gauge improvements in different sectors of the environment and also identify those areas that will need attention in the future.
Council commenced the environmental reporting process in 1993, preparing the first Blacktown State of the Environment Report. The reports prepared are either comprehensive or supplementary, based on a four-year cycle between comprehensive reports. Subsequent reports have built upon the data presented in that initial report, permitting a greater understanding of the local environment and the complex issues that influence its condition.
The report has been prepared based on the themes of:
The purpose and objectives of SoE reporting are to:
provide accurate, timely and accessible information on the condition and prospects of the Australian environment,
increase public understanding of these issues,
continue the development of national environmental indicators, and report on these indicators,
provide an early warning of potential problems, and
report on the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to respond to environmental change, including progress towards achieving environmental standards and targets.
2014-2015 State of Environment Annual Report.pdf
2013-2014 State of Environment Annual Report.pdf
2012-2013 State of Environment Annual Report.pdf
2011-2012 State of Environment Annual Report.pdf
2010-2011 State of Environment Annual Report.pdf