Today's environmental challenges are significant, complex and rapidly changing. At the NSW Environmental Trust, it's our job to engage with the latest expertise, understand the needs of stakeholders and support informed decision-making for investment in our environmental future.
Which is why – every 2 years – the Trust produces a plan detailing proposed projects that address serious and significant environmental issues affecting New South Wales. Known as the prospectus, the goal is to maximise environmental outcomes in New South Wales by investing in projects that are high priority, cost-effective, collaborative, and designed by experts.
We are in the process of developing Prospectus 2021.
In August 2020, the Trust began Stage 1 by asking stakeholders via an online survey what they consider are the most significant environmental issues affecting New South Wales. We received an overwhelming response to the survey with 1275 stakeholders participating. The results have been analysed and a survey report has now been produced which contains the key findings.
We are anticipating Stage 2 will commence in early 2021 once the Trust board has considered the survey findings and determined which issues will be scoped further. In-depth consultation will continue to occur throughout the prospectus process, in each of the distinct stages throughout 2021.
We have developed the prospectus through an evidence-based, stakeholder-led process delivered in three stages. Each stage provides robust information to enable the Trust board to make decisions. The board's decisions then guide the next stage's development and the approval of the final prospectus.