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 2018-2028
Environment Southland’s Long-term Plan 2018-2028 was adopted on 29
June 2018. It sets out our work programmes and budget, with an emphasis
on the next three years.
This is the Council’s plan for a thriving Southland. The Council’s role is to both lead and partner with others to foster the region’s natural resources – water, land, air, coast – enabling Southlanders to access and use them now and into the future. This requires a long-term view that takes into account the complexity of the issues and connectedness of our community – urban and rural – and the world we live in. We’ve identified the significant issues – water quality and quantity, which remains our top priority; and community resilience, particularly in the face of climate change impacts.
The Big 3 (water, air, biodiversity) of our previous Long-term Plan resonated with many people, and this work has been integrated into ongoing programmes.
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
It is Environment Southland’s role to manage Southland’s natural
resources, which underpin both our regional economy and the quality of
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.
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
Download the Amemdment to the LTCCO 2009-2019.