Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) provides independent agronomic and specialist sports turf advice to council and government authorities, sports clubs and organisations, golf courses, planners, construction and maintenance companies, and the turf production industry. ASTC’s office is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
ASTC’s Director Matt Roche has over 18 years’ experience in the sports turf industry both nationally and internationally. Matt was previously employed as the Senior Research Scientist within the Queensland Governments turf research program. Throughout his career he managed national turf research projects, provided technical advice to the turf industry and conducted educational workshops and extension activities for the general public, students, associations and local and state government.
The Trustee for Matthew Roche Family Trust trades as Australian Sports Turf Consultants Pty Ltd (ASTC).
ASTC works with and consults to a diverse range of government and industry bodies, sporting organisations and companies. ASTC business clients include:
- Councils and government
- Elite multi-use sports stadiums and racecourses
- Community sports clubs, golf and bowls clubs, associations and schools
- Turf maintenance companies
- Turf producers and turf managers
- Architects, engineers, developers, builders and landscapers
ASTC are Partners/Supporters of:
Certificate III Horticulture, Moreton Institute of TAFE
Diploma of Applied Science, University of Queensland
Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Queensland
Master of Philosophy, Turf Science, University of Queensland
(download thesis, 1.9MB)
Professional & industry responsibilities
2002 to present
Qualified Person (ID#1655) for Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) testing
2005 to present
International Turfgrass Society Member
2008 to 2018
Treasurer, Sports Turf Association Queensland Inc (STA QLD)
2012 to 2014
Scientific Committee Member, 3rd International Conference on Turfgrass Management & Science for Sportsfields, Brisbane Australia
2013 to 2019
Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association Member
2015 to present
Sports Turf Managers Association Member
To keep abreast of research, development and extension activities being undertaken by Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) the following drop down menus provide additional information, reports, papers etc. on work undertaken by ASTC staff. This includes research results and turf management advice which has been disseminated through scientific and non-referred papers, articles in trade magazines and presentations made at a national and international level.