Warrumbungle National Park in Central Western NSW was declared Australia’s first Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association on 5 July. However, if Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project goes ahead, gas flares and other infrastructure could jeopardise the dark sky qualities at the Siding Spring Observatory.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the park’s dark sky qualities will be ‘protected with $100,000 in funding to control light pollution through implementation of updated planning policies. A new Dark Sky Planning Guideline has also been developed with the Australian Astronomical Observatory as part of the NSW Government’s review of state planning policies.’
More information about Dark Sky Park announcement at Research School of Astrology & Astrophysics, Australian National University