(1) The annual report of a council in the year in which an ordinary election of councillors is to be held must include a report (a
"state of the environment report" ) as to the state of the environment in the local government area in relation to such environmental issues as may be relevant to the objectives for the environment established by the community strategic plan (the
"environmental objectives" ).
(2) A state of the environment report must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines under section 406.
(3) The state of the environment report is to:(a) establish relevant environmental indicators for each environmental objective, and(b) report on, and update trends in, each such environmental indicator, and(c) identify all major environmental impacts (being events and activities that have a major impact on environmental objectives).
(4) A state of the environment report for a council’s area may be prepared as part of and for the purposes of a state of the environment report for a larger area (such as a region or a catchment management area) and a report for the larger area that includes the required information in respect of the council’s area may be included in the council’s annual report as the council’s state of the environment report.