Matt Roche is the Director of Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC). ASTC provides independent technical and agronomic advice to sports organisations, the turf production, environmental, commercial and residential sectors. ASTC's office is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Matt has over 15 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.
Matt has (co)authored 7 referred scientific papers, 10 non-referred papers, written 33 magazine/newspaper articles and presented findings at national and international seminars often as an invited speaker.
The Trustee for Matthew Roche Family Trust trades as Australian Sports Turf Consultants (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
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 present
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.