Protecting our night sky

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Project update: online session held

Thank you to everyone who attended our online session on Wednesday 25 November. It was an opportunity to meet our project team, ask questions and engage in a discussion with other community members. For those who were not able to attend, we can make available a video recording of the session. Please contact the project manager by email.

An exciting proposal

Would you like to see the starry night sky at Palm Beach Headland recognised and protected?

If so, we're proposing to apply to have the area designated as an Urban Night Sky Place by the International Dark Sky Association. It will be the first one of its kind in Australia.

An Urban Night Sky Place (UNSP) is a municipal park, open space, observing site, or other similar property near or surrounded by large urban environs whose planning and design actively promote an authentic night time experience in the midst of significant artificial light.

If the application is successful, it will help raise awareness of the benefits of good outdoor lighting design that ensures public safety while protecting the natural night time environment.

We think we can achieve community and environmental benefits while continuing to safely light our roads and paths, and maintaining the current use of the area.

A big thank you to all the members of our Project Working Group who are helping us behind the scenes as we prepare our application.

We now want to hear from the broader community. What do you think of our proposal? Are you on board with the idea of having Palm Beach Headland designated as an Urban Night Sky Place?

Learn more and have your say

We want to gauge support from the community and understand any questions or concerns before progressing with an application to have Palm Beach Headland designated as an Urban Night Sky Place.

To give you a good sense of what we're aiming for and what the application process is all about, check out the frequently asked questions section below and the UNSP guidelines.

Share your thoughts by:

  • completing the comment form below
  • emailing us at council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to us marked 'Urban Night Sky Place' Northern Beaches Council, PO BOX 82 Manly 1655.

For enquiries, contact the Environment and Climate Change team on 1300 434 434.

Comments close on Sunday 6 December.

Comment form

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1

    Local stakeholder support

    In-principle support was received for a potential UNSP application from local stakeholders including: National Parks, Palm Beach Surf Club, Palm Beach Golf Club, resident groups and restaurants.

  • Timeline item 2

    Council resolution

    At a meeting on 16 April 2019, Council resolved to progress the application and convene a Project Working Group (PWG) to ensure an early engagement of the issues.

  • Timeline item 3

    Project Working Group convened

    In October 2019 we convened the PWG made up of Council staff, industry experts, local businesses and community representatives. The PWG have met three times to discuss the application requirements as well as recommend community engagement initiatives. The group supports progressing the application.

  • Timeline item 4

    Broad community consultation

    We want to understand local and broader Northern Beaches community support for this Urban Night Sky Place application process.

Have an enquiry?

Name Kara Taylor, Senior Sustainability Officer - Environment and Climate Change
Phone 1300 434 434
Email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
In writing

'Urban Night Sky Place' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.