In this episode, Marnie Ogg interviews Chris Tugwell, a South Australian man based in Adelaide who is a film writer, land care worker, and a Dark Sky entrepreneur. Chris shares his passion for making things happen, and how he transformed a small patch...
In this episode, Marnie Ogg interviews Chris Tugwell, a South Australian man based in Adelaide who is a film writer, land care worker, and a Dark Sky entrepreneur. Chris shares his passion for making things happen, and how he transformed a small patch of private land on the Murray River into Australia's first Dark Sky Reserve. Through his connections with local government, tourism providers, and the general community, Chris expanded the area and made it a top tourist destination. Marnie and Chris discuss the importance of conservation efforts and how we can all be inspired to create more Dark Sky spaces. This interview is presented as part of International Dark Sky Week 2023. For more details and resources for International Dark Sky Week, please visit https://www.darksky.org Email Marnie: - email@example.com Marnie Ogg talks with some of the brightest minds about light pollution and ways to protect our night skies. For more details, visit the Dark Sky website: https://www.darkskytraveller.com.au/podcast Subscribe, rate and review at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast apps. Stream on demand from https://www.bitesz.com/show/dark-sky-conversations/ For more podcasts visit our HQ at https://bitesz.com
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Chairman, Mid Murray Landcare SA & River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve
Chris joined the Mid Murray Landcare SA committee in 2015 and was the driving force behind the 3,200 square kilometre River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve (Australia’s first) working for four years with the Mid Murray Council, tourism specialists, local residents and experts from the Astronomical Society of SA to make the Reserve a reality. They achieved gold tier IDA accreditation in October 2019. In recognition of his work to create the Reserve, Chris was made the 2021 Mid Murray Citizen of the Year.
Over the past 25 years, Chris and his partner have planted some 80,000 trees and bushes on what was a 350 acre sheep paddock at Big Bend on the Murray, restoring habitat for local wildlife, including many resident wombats.
Chris is a Life Member of the Australian Writers Guild, and when not admiring the astonishing night sky, he is an award-winning writer and film maker.
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