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The Clarence Valley Council area encompasses a diverse set of environmental features, cultures, traditions, communities and industries.
Traditionally Council prepared an annual State of the Environment Report for the Council area with a comprehensive report prepared every four years. A change to the Local Government Act in the way it reports to make it more integrated and recognition that capturing changes in environmental condition generally takes more than a year resulted in Council moving away from annual reporting on the SOE to four yearly reporting based on data collected over the preceding four years. In 2011/2012 Council partnered with other Councils and organisations between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie to prepare a regional report that not only outlines the state of the environment in the Clarence Valley but gives an indication of how we are tracking locally in terms of the condition of our environment and our responses compared to other Councils in the region.
The 2016 report and summary build on the information in the 2012 regional report. The 2016 report now has eight years of data to underpin the report and show trends that helps inform the community on the condition of the local environment.