International Dark Sky Week Proclamation - Upper Gascoyne

Published on Friday, 5 April 2024 at 6:55:52 AM


This week is International Dark Sky Week and the Shire of Upper Gascoyne Shire President Jim Caunt has signed a proclamation in helping to promote the occasion.

With world class dark skies across our 57,809 square kilometre Shire and with dark sky locations including Gascoyne Junction, Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus National Parks, the Shire in 2023 adopted a Dark Sky Policy to protect them.

80% of the world's population, including people in cities like Perth, live under a dome of light pollution, where excessive artificial lighting at night disrupts the natural darkness. What we take for granted of our night skies in the Upper Gascoyne is something that those in cities may never experience - the visual wonder or ecological and health benefits of living under a dark sky.

It is why Gascoyne Junction and the Upper Gascoyne are part of the Astrotourism WA towns program and we invite visitors to come and take a wander outback to experience our epic dark skies first hand.

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