Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement of First People

In compiling this report the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) acknowledges that Aboriginal spiritual and cultural values exist in the land, waters, sky and natural resources of New South Wales. The first custodians cared for Country and the natural environment of NSW for thousands of years. We acknowledge these custodians and pay respect to Elders both past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people in NSW.

The entire landscape, including traditional lands and seas, has spiritual and cultural significance to Aboriginal people. By this understanding there is no separation of nature, wellbeing and culture. The health of the natural environment, land animals, marine animals and people are intimately connected.

Consistent with its vision the NSW EPA believes that healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, for a healthy economy and for enhancing liveability.

Custodial rights, responsibilities and interests of Aboriginal people endure in our country. Partnerships between Aboriginal peoples, the EPA and other NSW land management agencies such as Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Forestry Corporation, the Marine Estate Management Authority, and Department of Industry Crown Lands and Water Division, lead to positive outcomes for all parties.

 

Contributors

Preparation of the State of the Environment Report 2018 has relied on contributions, appraisal and validation from many NSW Government agencies and from within the EPA.

The EPA is grateful for the assistance of NSW agencies who contributed the majority of content for other topics, particularly:

  • Department of Industry Crown Lands and Water Division
  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Local Land Services
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Sydney Water Corporation
  • Transport for NSW.

Review assistance was also provided by NSW Ministry of Health, Department of Premier and Cabinet, and NSW Treasury.

 

Independent expert reviewers

Independent expert review enhances the value and transparency of the report by ensuring that the most up to date and appropriate information is included, analysis and interpretation of the material is appropriate, and content adequately covers new and emerging issues.

The EPA acknowledges the contribution of 16 independent experts who reviewed content and data relevant to their expertise:

  • Associate Professor Howard Bridgman, University of Newcastle
  • Associate Professor Joanne Chong, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Dr Mathew Crowther, University of Sydney
  • Professor Chris Dickman, University of Sydney
  • Dr Nick Florin, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Dr Richard Greene, Australian National University
  • Dr Ben Gooden, CSIRO
  • Dr Mike McLaughlin, University of Adelaide
  • Dr Louise Morin, CSIRO
  • Dr Claudine Moutou, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Professor Andrew Pitman, University of NSW
  • Professor David Stern, Australian National University
  • Mr Rob Sturgiss, Australian Department of Environment and Energy
  • Professor Martin Thoms, University of New England
  • Professor Stuart White, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Associate Professor Jane Williamson, Macquarie University

 

Photo credits

Homepage: Simone Cottrell/OEH (2016). The Governor rock formation, seen from Governor lookout walking track, in Mount Kaputar National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library. This image is also used on About the report, and Key Findings.

Theme and Topic pages

Drivers: Sarah Ryan/EPA (2017). Wollongong waterfront. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

  • Population: John Spencer/EPA (2017). Aerial view of a residential area in Newcastle. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Economic Activity and the Environment: Sarah Ryan/EPA (2017). Waterfront in Wollongong showing recreational activity and tourist development. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

Human Settlement: John Spencer/EPA (2017). Aerial view of Newcastle. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

  • Energy Consumption: Caz Nowaczyk/EPA (2017). Night time view across the Illawarra from Mount Keira, showing residential and industrial lights. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Transport: John Spencer/EPA (2016). Cars, trucks and bus on four lane highway near Newcastle Port. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Waste and Recycling: Phil Molyneaux/EPA (undated). Bales of crushed steel cans at a waste recycling facility. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Contaminated Sites: Bottlebrush Media/EPA (2017). Close up of contaminated soil being sampled. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Urban Water: Sarah Ryan/EPA (2017). Treated effluent liquid moving through stages at a water recycling plant. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

Climate and Air: John Spencer/OEH (2011). Grass trees (Xanthorrhoea species), Myall Lakes National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.

  • Climate Change: Michael Jarman/OEH (2009). Trees in bushfire at Murramarang National park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: John Spencer/EPA (2016). Smoke stacks and powerplant at Muswellbrook. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Air Quality: EPA (2018). View from a plane over Blue Mountains – smoke from hazard reduction burns. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

Land: John Spencer/EPA (2017). Goulburn River and Bylong Valley Way – Winden. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

  • Protected Areas and Conservation: John Spencer/OEH (2012). Honeysuckle Forest track, Barrington Tops National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Soil Condition: John Spencer/EPA (2017). Aerial view of paddocks adjacent to bush in the Narrabri area. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Native Vegetation: Brent Mail Photography/EPA (2017). Straight red gums captured with forest floor in background. Accessed from EPA Image Library.

Biodiversity: John Spencer/OEH (2014). Native boronia, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Accessed from OEH Image Library.

  • Threatened Species: John Spencer/OEH (2014). A pair of Glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) sit on a tree branch at Captain Cook's Lookout in Hat Head National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Invasive Species: John Yurasek/OEH (2012). Lantana. Timber detail of buildings, part of the Arndell family homestead built in 1821, Cattai National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Biodiversity of Native Fauna: John Yurasek/OEH (2012). Goanna in Bouddi National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.

Water and Marine: John Spencer/OEH (2012). Lake Burragorang, Warragamba Catchment, Nattai National Park. Accessed from OEH Image Library.

  • Water Resources: NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) (2015). Chaffey Reservoir Dam in Tamworth NSW. Accessed from DPE Image Library.
  • River Health: Gavin Hansford/OEH (2013). Kayakers on the Murrumbidgee River. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Wetlands: John Spencer/OEH (2012). Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Accessed from OEH Image Library.
  • Groundwater: John Spencer/EPA (2017). Aerial view of dam irrigation storage ponds adjacent to ploughed land. Accessed from EPA Image Library.
  • Coastal Estuarine and Marine Ecosystems: John Spencer/OEH (2014). Dolphins surfing the ocean swell near Nadgee Nature Reserve. Accessed from OEH Image Library.