Long-term Plan

The Long-term Plan details the actions we propose to take over the 10-year life of the plan to manage the region’s natural resources sustainably for the benefit of all Southlanders.

Long-term Plan 2015–2025

Environment Southland’s Long-term Plan 2015-2025 was adopted on 30 June 2015. It sets out our work programmes and budget, with an emphasis on the next three years.

The adoption of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 gives effect to Environment Southland’s proposals outlined in our Long-term Plan consultation document, Southland’s Big 3 to manage: 1. water quality; 2. air quality; and 3. increase the focus on Biodiversity, while also providing for our core activities such as the management of flood protection schemes.

Water quality remains our top priority, with work programmes being ramped up 2015-2018 to meet our responsibilities to maintain and improve water quality. Our work to address air quality issues in the Invercargill and Gore airsheds also continues. For biodiversity, we aim to take a lead in the coordination of biodiversity programmes in Southland and to align our already successful and growing biosecurity programmes.

It is Environment Southland’s role to manage Southland’s natural resources, which underpin both our regional economy and the quality of our lifestyle.

Download the full Long-term Plan 2015-2025.

Download the Consultation Document - Southland's Big 3.

Long-term Plan 2012-2022

Efforts to halt and reverse the continuing decline in water quality across the Southland region will get a significant boost in funds and staffing in the next three years. This focus on water quality is the foundation on which our ten-year Draft Long-term Plan is based and it reflects the widespread acceptance in Southland that the status quo is no longer good enough, and an understanding within the community that more must be done.

As the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment reported this year, the links between intensive land use and deteriorating water quality are strong, obvious and undeniable. Jan Wright’s report endorses the conclusion of our own State of the Environment Report on freshwater in Southland, which found that the state of our lowland waterways was generally poor and getting worse because of intensified land use – principally dairy farming. And last year the independent investigation of the Office of the Auditor General concluded that Environment Southland was not acting effectively enough to address the deteriorating state of our rivers, streams and lakes. In short, the Waituna Lagoon is not the only Southland waterway under threat, it is just the one that has had most publicity.

Download the Long-term Plan 2012-2022.

LTCCP 2009-19

Southland is enjoying the economic benefits of the region's dairy expansion while at the same time we are experiencing the environmental costs of intensified land use. Because the global financial outlook is grim, fiscal prudence is rightly expected of all public bodies, yet prudence does not automatically mean cuts in programmes or expenditure. Sometimes prudence dictates more activity, not less.

In debating the programmes and costs identified in this plan, please remember that the plan is just that - a proposal and not a commitment. Decisions for the coming year must be made in the light of current circumstances and with a sharp eye on the horizon. In Southland, these circumstances are still largely positive. If the regional situation does take a turn for the worse then Environment Southland will adapt to the prevailing conditions, to keep the balance between what the community expects us to achieve and what it can afford. To act pre-emptively as if the worst has happened when it has not and may not happen will only compromise the existing level of economic activity and further undermine the state of our natural environment.

Download the Long-term Council Community Plan 2009-2019.

Amendment to the LTCCP 2009-19

Environment Southland has adopted an amendment to the Long-term Council Community Plan 2009-2019 to incorporate a response to the rapidly deteriorating water quality in the Waituna Lagoon.

Statutory consultation was undertaken with the Southland community and our ratepayers and submissions were invited. Council held a special meeting on 9 November 2011 to consider those submissions and adopt the amendment.

Download the Amemdment to the LTCCO 2009-2019.

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