Strathfield Light Pollution File.
documenting the extent and nature of
pollution in Strathfield and near by areas in the city
of Sydney, Australia.
Strathfield Draft Vision 2020
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Links to Submission
*****News Flash***** The Strathfield Council draft Vision
received more submissions on the issue of light pollution than all
other issues combined thus highlighting the great concern felt by the
community regarding the environmental and human health impact caused by
the recent exponential growth in the amount of polluting night time
outdoor lighting now spilling unchecked into the night sky. Well
actually....there were not any other submissions at all. What an
apathetic lot we are! (2 July 2005)
vandalism and a safety hazed. The sole purpose of these light bombs at
the back of the centre seems to be to attract the attention
the passing traffic. The glare which they produce would be
illegal if they were car headlights. There are
units directly across the road from these which would suffer
considerably from light trespass!
Catholic University, Strathfield Campus.
The car park of the ACU in Strathfield is filled with dozens
totally unshaded high brightness lights of the glass globe
variety set on high poles. These lamps shine more than one half of
their light output directly into the sky above. Not only is this
illumination of the sky completely useless, it is a considerable waste
of energy (and money). It contributes considerably to the
pollution of the night sky and thus helps to deprive residents of
Strathfield , deprive them of the joy of viewing one
God's great creation, the night sky, the firmament above and the jewels
that it contains
Do as I say, not as I do. The council
has some extremely weak regulations which would not prohibit the
installations seen here on the walls of council chambers since it does
not glare to adjoining properties, only into the sky and to non
adjoining properties across the road. In total there are nine such
Strathfield DCP N0. 21 - Dwelling houses and Ancillary Structures. (In
force from 1 December 1999).
220.127.116.11 Any external
lighting is to
be placed or shielded to prevent
glare to adjoining properties.
6.1.9 Light fittings may
to fences which run along street
frontages. Only small and discrete light fittings are to be used in
such instances. Not more than 2 light fittings are to be installed per
street frontage. Each fitting is to be maximum 60 watts.
Wallis Avenue Residences.
Dick Smith Electronics, Chullora Showroom & Support Office.
Australian Flag lit by
upward facing bright lights at night.
Proud corporate citizen of
Dick Smith Electronics proudly flying the Australian flag.
Unfortunately, it is lit at night by three high power spotlights facing
directly up into the sky from the base of the flagpole. This is in
accordance with the protocol issued by the Department of Prime Minister
They would also be considerate
citizens if they were to take the flag down at sunset, thus avoiding
the need for the energy wasting and polluting spotlights. Perhaps they
are too lazy; but probably just ignorant of the effects of light
Like minded web sites
Adelaide Light Pollution Gallery
Radio 612 Brisbane Listen to Scott Spark's Report on Light
Pollution in Hong Kong
RealMedia format ) | Requires
Organisations and Individuals Devoted to
The Sydney Observatory used to have a page about light pollution but it
seems to have vanished (last checked on 28 November 2004)
Excellent real life examples of bad and good motorway and sports field
What a joke
State Environment Protection Authority
devotes just four sentences to the issue of light pollution
their report State of the Environment 1997.
of Stuttgart on Protecting the Night Environment for Present and Coming
On light pollution
collection of street light photographs
Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils - Street lighting
A major source of
in Sydney is the obsolete twin fluorescent street lights - pictured on
the left above. Energy Australia is in the process
of replacing the old twin fluorescent, unshaded street lights with new
shaded but not full cut off mercury vapour lamps - pictured on the right above
However it would appear
it not for pressure from municipal councils they would still be
obsolete twin fluorescents see
. One would
expect a major electricity supply company to have been aware of the
issues of light pollution many years ago.
of the mercury vapour lamp
The mercury vapour lamp is still probably a second best choice. It is
not the most efficient lamp available and it emits strongly in the blue
end of the spectrum. Blue light is the worst form of light pollution
since it has a greater deleterious effect on human health and is more
of a problem for astronomical observatories than other parts of the
York Blackout - SMH letters to the editor
Biological and health effects of light.
for the Human Circadian Clock. Recent Research Indicates That Lighting
Has Become a Public Health Issue.
Dr Stephen Pauley, a retired
has written a paper on health issues of light at night.
The hypothesis that
suppression of melatonin (MLT) by exposure to light at night (LAN) may
be one reason for the higher rates of breast and colorectal cancers in
the developed world deserves more attention. The literature supports
raising this subject for awareness as a growing public health issue.
Evidence now exists that indirectly links exposures to LAN to human
breast and colorectal cancers in shift workers. The hypothesis begs an
even larger question: has medical science overlooked the suppression of
MLT by LAN as a contributor to the overall incidence of cancer?
to light at night may be implicated in the 50% increase in Leukaemia in
under five since the
Russel Reiter, of
the University of Texas, said at the first
Conference on Childhood Leukaemia in London (8th
that exposure to light at night disrupts the bodys circadian rhythms
and suppresses nocturnal production of the hormone melatonin. As an
antioxidant, in many studies melatonin has been shown to protect DNA
from oxidative damage. Once damaged, DNA may mutate and carcinogenesis
may occur, he said.
outlines the potential adverse health effects that may be linked to the
artificially lit working environment.
artificial light at night on wildlife
Anzac Bridge in Sydney.
from over the water in Blackwattle Bay Park in residential area of
Glebe. I believe that the bright lights seen under the bridge is the Conaust
within the Glebe Island
Glebe Island and White Bay Master Plan for Future proposals for this
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Photograph taken from
Observatory Hill on 25 July 2005. Note the glow in the sky just above
the bridge. Within this glow there are some squiggly white lines which
were produced by birds flying within the upward shining light beams on
this 15 second exposure. These birds are either attracted by the lights
or are feeding on insects which have been attracted by the lights. The
bridge floodlights are turned off at 1:00am.
Click here for full size picture
of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
the last one out switch off the lights