The State of the Environment Report (SOE) reports on the progress of Singleton Council’s environmental strategies established by the Community Strategic Plan 2012-2027.
Why does Council produce this report?
The SOE is a requirement under Section 428A of the NSW Local Government Act 1993. A comprehensive SOE is compiled every four years during the year of an ordinary council election. Singleton Council has prepared this report in accordance with the NSW Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 No 487 under the Local Government Act 1993.
This report has been prepared by Singleton Council and acknowledges that Council, the community, and other parties also play a role in addressing environmental impacts to improve the state of our environment.
What information will I find in this report?
The SOE consists of five themes and each theme forms a chapter of the report, where collectively, the themes provide the overall status of the environment in the Singleton LGA.
Air, Climate and Energy
Land and Biodiversity
To understand the condition of the environment over time, it is necessary to consider the pressures that have had a profound impact on the environment in the past as well as the current pressures that directly and indirectly influence the state of the environment. As such, the report is based on a Pressure-State-Response model of reporting.
The response of Council to the state of, and pressures on the environment are described for the period from July 2017 to June 2021. This includes reporting on Council’s projects, strategies, achievements and actions over the Council term.
"I’m proud to say our achievements are significant. While this report is an overview of the environmental pressures facing the Singleton local government area, this previously unreported data paints a positive picture of how far we’ve come. More importantly, it’s a substantial baseline to assist in planning future sustainability activities for both Council and our community."