General Meeting: November 2021

Creating the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve

by Chris Tugwell, Chairman, Mid Murray Landcare SA

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Finding the Venue: The Braggs LT entrance faces the Barr Smith Lawns and is located at E10 on the map.

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Meeting Agenda:

  • Creating the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve -- Chris Tugwell
  • Our Changing Nocturnal Lightscape -- Martin Lewicki
  • The Sky this Month: Highlights -- Joe Grida
  • Announcements for November 2021
  • Coffee/Tea, Supper & Conversation (TBC) 

Talk SummaryThe presentation will cover the creation of the Dark Sky Reserve, getting the community on board, measuring the darkness, the impact of light pollution on native wildlife, future plans and space facilities coming to the reserve.

Immediately following the main presentation, Martin Lewicki, ASSA Light Pollution Officer, will give a short talk titled Our Changing Nocturnal Lightscape explaining the impact of new lighting technology on light pollution.

BioChris Tugwell joined Mid Murray Landcare SA in 2015 and became Chairman in 2017. He was the driving force behind the 3,200 square kilometre River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve (Australia’s first) working for four years with the Mid Murray council, tourism specialists, local residents and experts from the Astronomical Society of SA to make the Reserve a reality. It finally achieved gold tier IDA accreditation in October 2019. In recognition of his work to create the Reserve Chris was made the 2021 Mid Murray Citizen of the Year. 

Over the past 25 years, Chris and his partner have planted some 80,000 trees and bushes on what was a 350 acre sheep paddock at Big Bend, restoring habitat for local wildlife, including many resident wombats. 

When not admiring the astonishing night sky, Chris is an award-winning writer and film maker.

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Wednesday 03 Nov 2021

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online



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