At Environment Southland's final meeting of this
three-year period, councillors last week adopted Environment
Southland's Annual Report for 2012-13.
The report explains progress on the projects and programmes
committed to within the Long-term Plan 2012-22 (LTP). This is
the first year of the LTP, and gave significant emphasis to
addressing water quality issues and Southlanders' concerns
Chairwoman Ali Timms said their focus had been on working
alongside the community.
''In particular, we have our Water and Land steering group,
which is made up of representatives of iwi, farming, and
community groups; the River Liaison committees who provide
valuable input into flood and erosion control activities in
our riverbeds; as well as our relationships with
conservation, farming and many other groups,'' Ms Timms said.
Working efficiently to maximise ratepayer dollars has also
been a key focus, with significant emphasis on shared
services with other Southland councils.
Projects such as the council's connection to the high-speed
Wide Area Network, development of a seamless IT platform, iwi
liaison through Te Roopu Taiao and Te Ao Marama Inc and
combined reviews of policy documents are providing
wide-reaching benefits with lower costs, improved value and
Chief executive Rob Phillips said Environment Southland was
in a strong financial position and reported an operating
surplus of $143,855 compared with a budgeted deficit of
''We have many challenges ahead, but working with the
community will ensure that our natural environment is managed
innovatively and wisely, so we and generations to come can
enjoy economic prosperity and the lifestyle we know and
love,'' Mr Phillips said.