Res­i­dents de­fend stars

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sub­di­vi­sions spread­ing into ru­ral ar­eas. Coun­cil­lor and Cen­tral Otago As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Barrie Wills said Cen­tral Otago’s night sky was a big as­set for the re­gion and could gain re­serve sta­tus ‘‘down the line’’. ‘‘With the Tekapo sit­u­a­tion, it would be nice to see Cen­tral Otago in­cluded un­der the same um­brella. At the mo­ment it just in­cludes that im­me­di­ate area up over the Macken­zie Basin. There is no rea­son it could not be ex­tended to Cen­tral Otago down the line.’’ The re­gion’s night-sky pre­sented tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly with trail-bike rid­ers, he said. ‘‘If we can get the over­flow from peo­ple from Tekapo com­ing here, I think there are tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is a draw­card – an in­ter­na­tional one. We can prob­a­bly get a bit of lever­age from that sta­tus if we played our cards right. ‘‘We have got our dis­trict plan up for re­view next year and it’s prob­a­bly some­thing we should be think­ing of. Maybe we need to put some by­laws in place that help to at least main­tain the sit­u­a­tion if not im­prove it.’’ Coun­cil­lor and Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Neil Gille­spie said they had re­ceived com­plaints from res­i­dents con­cerned about night-sky pol­lu­tion due to sub­di­vi­sion in ru­ral ar­eas, as well the im­pact of new light­ing be­ing in­stalled at the Al­pha St re­serve. ‘‘It is al­ways go­ing to be prob­lem­atic. I am sure it’s some­thing we will be asked to im­prove on as we go for- ward.’’ There were pro­vi­sions in the cur­rent dis­trict plan but whether that was still ap­pro­pri­ate or should it be more strin­gent would have to be con­sid­ered, he said.

Glit­ter­ing: Stars put on a show in the night sky.

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