Report to Council

Tuesday 24 August

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback.

A report will be presented at the Council meeting on Tuesday 24 August 2021 to provide an update on this project.

The report notes the outcomes of community consultation and seeks Council direction regarding an application to the International Dark Sky Association designating an Urban Night Sky Place.

View the Council Report (Item 11.1) and the Attachment Booklet (Item 11.1).

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Consultation history

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.

Community consultation

We sought feedback from the broader community between 6 November 2020 and 6 December 2020. We wanted to gauge community support on the proposal and understand any questions or concerns before progressing with an application to have Palm Beach Headland designated as an Urban Night Sky Place.

We invited you to view the UNSP guidelines and created a frequently asked questions section below.

We also ran an online session on 25 November 2020 to provide you with an opportunity to meet our project team, ask questions and engage in a discussion with other community members.

Comments closed on Sunday 6 December.

Comment form now closed

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    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 - complete

    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 - complete

    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 - complete

    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.