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As we move full swing into the football season, I am sure most of our members will be finding time for a break after what has been another hectic beginning to winter sports. It seems that the transitional time from summer to winter sports and vice versa is getting tighter as sporting associations try to get more games in their allocated seasons.

Since last summer, many grounds across the state have successfully been converted to warm-season grass, allowing them to utilise less water in the future. Let’s hope our winter tenants on these grounds realise the effort that has gone into resurfacing. In spring, we should see plenty of healthy grounds bouncing out of dormancy — ready for another long summer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to present a warm-season grass seminar to some of our contemporaries in New Zealand and came home quite impressed with the progress some groundsmen have made in converting ovals to warm season. However, there are still a lot of negative views and outdated information around, with many people remaining unconvinced about the necessity of the work. After a great day of discussion (which became very passionate at times!) and an impressive tour of grounds that are in the various stages of being converted to couch, I hope many groundsmen are more informed about the options available and start to develop a warm-season grass program.

The annual TGAA Victoria “Cricket Wicket Seminar” at the MCG is set for July 21, 2010. A great line-up of speakers has been assembled and I am sure we will see some interesting presentations and relish the opportunity to catch up with colleagues throughout the day. The event will conclude with a fantastic walking tour of the MCG. Another important diary date is the Summer Seminar on November 22, 2010. We will be celebrating TGAA Victoria’s 21st year, with everyone invited to mark the occasion. Please visit the website to find out more about these events. We also encourage you to join our Accreditation Program, which recognises members for their hard work and experience in the industry.

From Danny Edmunds, secretary, TGAA Victoria

Greenkeepers conference

The NSW Bowling Greenkeepers Association Conference will be held in Newcastle on 7th and 8th June 2010 at the Energy Australia Stadium in the Crusader Lounge. Accommodation will be at Wests Leagues Club with transport to the venue. Steve Glasson, well known bowler and former greenkeeper, will open the conference on the first day. Other speakers include Austin Goodfellow who will present a talk on “An integrated approach to water use on bowling greens” and Scotts Australia Bowling Greenkeeper of the Year, Matt Keough will discuss recycled water use on greens. In addition, Andrew Smith will give a presentation on the work he has carried out at Yamba Golf Course to win the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award for 2009. Geotechnical consultant, Steve Buffington will provide an insight into the problems that could develop in the sub-base of a green if a geotechnical report is not considered in the planning of a green construction.

Mick Ahearn’s presentation will be on new and old grass species seeds for the turf industry. Phill Ridley from Dupont has a presentation on “New Technologies in Insecticide-Acelepryn” and Jon McCarthy from Barmac with talk on “Nematodes & Management Options”. Financial adviser, John Sanson will speak on money matters in his presentation, “Salary Sacrifice, Super and Investment”. The first day will conclude with a workshop on E-Par and an inspection of Energy Australia Stadium. For more details, contact Tony Apthorpe on 0412 543 590 or Wade Turner on 0409 909 116

STA Queensland

Queensland Sports Turf Association’s held its first field and educational day recently at John Paul College in Daisy Hill including an inspection of its sports turf facilities that are managed by Martin Hedley and his team. Approximately 70 delegates and tradespeople were in attendance.

The day began with a number of sponsors displaying a wide variety of machinery and products. This was followed with an educational stream in the afternoon that was available to current STA QLD members. The first of the presenters was Lindsay Peel, senior consultant, Turf Irrigation Services Pty Ltd, who spoke on the “Efficient Use of Available Irrigation”. Peel’s presentation focused on the importance of design to achieve maximum efficiencies, water harvesting, proper scheduling and the utilisation of rain sensors, soil moisture sensors and weather stations to conserve water usage. Keith McAuliffe, chief executive, Sports Turf Institute (Australia) talked about “Essential Turf Maintenance Practices”. McAuliffe believes some users have unrealistic expectations of turf sports surfaces and need to be aware that it has a finite life to usage. He encouraged using basic maintenance strategies such as not killing the surfaces with kindness, practicing traffic control, early repairs and concentrating on sports surface playability and consistency requirements.

The third address was a joint presentation dealing with “Applying for all Government (QLD) Grants for Sports Bodies”. John McKay, facility planning officer, Brisbane City Council discussed the Community Facility Grants Program and The Lord Mayor’s Sustainable Grants. Both grant programs range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $50,000. McKay outlined the type of grants currently available, their guidelines, and the information required. To obtain application form and information from the council’s website (, go to Community Support and click on Grant and Awards.

Brad Reid, advisor, Queensland Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation, explained the Queensland State Government grants. Reid provided a basic outline of grants up to $400,000 of which the government will fund 75% of the project. The website ( has more guidelines and application requirements. Overall, the first STA Queensland Trade and Educational Day was considered a success on many levels and the committee look forward to organizing similar days later in the year. STA QLD would like to thank its current sponsors for helping the not-for-profit group get off the ground. They include Globe Australia, Neutrog Australia, Rainbird, Turf Irrigation Services, Colin Campbell (Chemicals), Turf Culture, Toro Australia, Chesterfield Australia, Turf Force, Jimboomba Turf, Maxwell & Kemp, and Q Turf Machinery.

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