- Congratulations to our Friends – Mid Murray Landcare SA and River Murray Dark Sky Reserve on achieving IDA Accreditation, a generational result.
- IDAVic congratulates Maroondah City Council on their Light Policy consultation with the Public.
Combined, these measures will ensure the
observing conditions at the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Siding Spring
continue to be protected from upward pointing
artificial light and that new uses, light levels and
new technologies which contribute to light pollutio
are managed. It will also promote good lighting
levels and practice for all development
Welcome to the International Dark-Sky Association of Victoria, (IDAVic), a chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
The main aim of IDAVic is to maintain the beauty of the night sky for generations to come and to support good lighting fixtures which are also environmentally friendly.
A current very important issue is that a number of Victorian Councils are upgrading to energy efficient lighting.
3 Landscape images Credit: Alex Cherney – Terrastro
Latest News from IDAVic
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