Author: matt.roche

Sydney – Assessment and rating of sports field playability

ASTC has been awarded the Contract to undertake the latest round of sports field benchmarking across the City of Sydney. Testing will commence in December 2019 and will include a range of performance testing measure to determine the current condition and rating of sports field playability across the Council’s playing fields. The City of Sydney’s parks and open space network of over 200 hectar...
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Sports Field Construction

Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) are commencing a busy period with 5 sports field construction/redevelopment projects commencing in late September. Works have and will include: site assessments, soil testing, surveying, designs, detailed specifications, bill of quantities, quality control assessments and visits during works, practical completion and project sign off and/or project manage...
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Land Assessment in Caboolture

ASTC was engaged by Metro North Hospital and Health Service to undertake a land assessment of a parcel of land located within the Caboolture State High School at Lee Street, Caboolture QLD 4510. ASTC was requested to undertake a detailed agronomic assessment of the site, including of the soil, grass and weed species present, to enable the site to be reinstated after the installation and use of a ...
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ASTC has moved to Willawong office

On 23 October 2018 ASTC moved from their Holland Park office to their new premises located at 2/60 Gardens Drive, Willawong QLD 4110. After spending 2 years at the Logan Road office in Holland Park, ASTC Director Matt Roche chose the option to expand their facility to meet the growing demand of the business. The new warehouse has ampule office space, storage, a meeting room and supplementary areas...
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Where’s Wally now – Sir Walter PBR has ended

After 20 years of Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) protection in Australia, Sir Walter's PBR expired on 28 March 2018. The Stenotaphrum secundatum buffalo variety has been a significant contributor to the growth and development of the Australian turf production industry. As of August 2017, over 70 million square metres of Sir Walter had been sold across Australia. The significant sales were ar...
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Turf Finder helping to educate at Grovely TAFE

Helping Turf Education at Grovely TAFE   Following recent discussions between Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) Director Matt Roche and Grovely TAFE Sports Turf Management Teacher John Hagan (pictured) it was time to resurrect the turf plots located at TAFE Queensland's Grovely Campus, Mitchelton QLD. The turf plots have served as an education source for many years for both go...
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ASTC provides strength to AusGAP

AusGAP Independent Auditing Program kicks off 2018 AusGAP - The Australian Genetic Assured Purity Turf Accreditation Program, is a quality control system that has been adopted by some of Australia’s premier turf grass producers. It covers business compliance in quality control, WH&S, environmental stewardship and general business practices to ensure that customers receive the best in prod...
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Turf Finder

Turf Finder is an independent turf web site, developed by by Matt Roche, Director of Australian Sports Turf Consultants, to assist home owners and professional turf managers in selecting the best available turf grass variety to meet their needs. Turf Finder provides factual information on commercially available grasses being sold by professional turf producers locally and from across Australia. ...
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Aussie turf collection is set to help Wimbledon

All England Lawn Tennis Club is looking down under where the grass may be greener The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI Australia) was approached by The All England Lawn Tennis Club to undertake research and development trials on suitable turf species and varieties that show potential for use within a lawn tennis environment. The purpose of the trial is to identify if a number of different tur...
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