Dark Sky Park Accreditation for Bunya Mountains

Dark Sky Park Accreditation for Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains is split into Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) & South Burnett Regional Council (SBRC). International Dark Sky Association (IDSA) accreditation for Bunya Mountains as a Dark Sky Park has been proposed. It will be accredited at Gold status when nominated.

A lack of support for James Barclay as nominating astronomer & the Lightscape Management Plan caused SBRC to announce in November 2018 they did not support a Dark Sky Park for Bunya Mountains.

Queensland’s Minister for Environment & Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service both support Dark Sky Park “in principle”. We now require SBRC & WDRC to both support Dark Sky Park in view of Lightscape Management Plan modifications necessary, noting there is no street lighting in the Bunya Mountains & James Barclay is no longer the nominating astronomer.

The below links explain the Dark Sky Park at Warrumbungle National Park:

Bunya Mountains is in drought declared Western Queensland where it is the primary natural areas tourist destination. UNESCO recognised Bunya Mountains qualities in 2010 with the world’s largest forest of Gondwana period Bunya Pines & the cultural significance of Bunya Mountains to Australia’s First Nations peoples.

A Dark Sky Park for Bunya Mountains National Park would not only bring astro tourists to the Bunya Mountains region but it would also significantly assist the conservation of noctural fauna such as powerful owls, antechinus, tawny frogmouths, mountain possums, fire beetles,melomys, flying foxes & microbats which all depend on dark skies for their habitat. By better conserving the nocturnal fauna species, this would also significantly assist the natural regeneration of Bunya Mountains’s flora. There are 130 nocturnal species that would directly benefit & 1500 fauna & flora species in total including 5 endangered fauna species.

From 1992 to 2012, light pollution doubled globally & the world’s dark skies & the fauna & flora that rely on them - including humans - are now at threat.

Can you please ensure that this opportunity being presented to Bunya Mountains is taken up with local government support to improve Bunya Mountains’s long term economic and environmental sustainability?

These are the Aoraki McKenzie
Zealand DarkSky Reserve reports:

Winklmoosalm International Dark Sky Park:

Bunya Mountains in relation to light pollution in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Davy and Kingaroy:


Why is this important?

The world is quickly losing its dark skies due to light pollution. Light pollution doubled globally between 1992 and 2012. Bunya Mountains has unique fauna including fire beetles and powerful owls that need dark skies for their survival. Without conserving our dark skies, Australia's vulnerable nocturnal fauna are at threat of extinction given the impacts of climate change.

How it will be delivered

Emails to mayors and officials at both councils

Reasons for signing

  • Best light show ever is our home. The Milky Way
  • Creating Dark Sky Places is a win for everyone. It preserves our natural environment, saves money, increases awareness of light pollution issues and allows people to enjoy a natural wonder.
  • gustavovilla


2019-01-08 19:18:13 +1100

100 signatures reached

2019-01-02 23:32:02 +1100

2019-01-01 18:56:15 +1100

2018-12-28 18:54:56 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-12-28 12:41:41 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-12-28 12:09:16 +1100

If you are unable to sign the petition it would be great if you could forward it on to friends. You can also email me your emails of Support of a Dark Sky Park for Bunya Mountains National Park to for me to then forward on to the local councils involved, South Burnett Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council as well as the Queensland Environment Minister

2018-12-15 13:06:01 +1100

10 signatures reached