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We have clean water, fresh air and healthy soils. Well-functioning and diverse ecosystems make up an environment that can support our needs. Resources are used efficiently. There is minimal waste and pollution.
Good air, water and soil quality, and reducing waste are all essential to maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring the sustainability of resources. Water-based recreational activities are part of an outdoor-focused way of life and it is essential that the water is of a high quality. Protecting land through open space covenants also helps maintain ecosystem diversity, along with natural and cultural heritage. Primary land uses such as agriculture, dairying and cropping are key contributors to an economy but they can have a negative influence on the environment.
16 indicators are used to measure progress towards the healthy environment outcome (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The healthy environment index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
As there is only one community outcome under environmental well-being, the same index is applied to both the well-being aspect and the community outcome area.
Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost
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Ecological footprinting is widely used as an indicator of environmental sustainability. It is an estimate of the amount of biologically productive land and sea area required to produce the goods a human population consumes and to dispose of waste. Understanding our ecological footprint increases awareness of the sustainability of our consumption patterns. Ecological footprinting is a way of comparing what we consume with what we actually have.
The amount of land (per capita) that is required to sustain the region at current levels.
Last updated 24 July 2012
2004 is the only data point available. Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
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