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Day 2 of the conference opens at Grech’s Turf with some words from Neale Tweedie

Turf Australia National Conference Written by Jenny Zadro The end of May saw over 100 turf growers meet in Sydney for the Turf Australia National Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Together, Today & Tomorrow’, with a focus on working together to build our industry. Turf Australia Chairman Ross Boyle opened the event with an inspiring message: “It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, or what you sell. It doesn’t matter which camp or group you are in. We need to come together as one industry, to lobby government, to defend our product and to share the benefits of a clean, green urban environment.” Day one of the event saw a number of presentations covering on-farm production

topics as well as updates on turf levy funded projects. The importance of meeting regulations and safety standards while transporting turf is vital to keep turf businesses operating profitably and Tim Hansen from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Mark Leach from Roads and Maritime Services presented on the topic of turf transportation. The sports turf industry is dealing with a major problem, which Environmental Scientist Dr Mick Battam refers to as the ‘myth of overuse’. While sports fields are certainly high-traffic areas, the level of use they are actually receiving, and the ability of turf to withstand this traffic is grossly misunderstood and miscalculated. The purpose of his session was to equip growers with the facts behind the use of turf for high-


use amateur sports fields, and to ensure natural turfgrass remains the product of choice for councils and clubs in charge of sports fields. Work place safety is a topic that needs to take priority in every turf production business and we were fortunate to have Gavin Rogers share the difficult story of legal proceedings that took place following a tragic incident at the Turfco farm. “We might be turf growers, but our number one priority and most important job, is safety,” Gavin, said. Following the incident, Gavin and his business were subject to intense scrutiny and litigation over a number of years and this naturally took its toll on his business and staff. Sharing his learnings ensures

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TurfTalk August 2019  

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