# New epar VIC area manager

After a national recruitment process, Nathan Tovey has been appointed as the new epar Area Manager for Victoria.   Nathan will be taking up this appointment full-time in March and based in Melbourne. Nathan’s extensive turf industry background and experience managing onsite compliance has him well placed to support epar’s existing members in the state and help identify new opportunities. …

# Caulfield’s Secret Garden

It could be Melbourne’s best kept secret: about 15 MCG’s worth of open space in the heart of inner suburbia. Most people wouldn’t even know they could stroll right in – past the Caulfield Racecourse gates and into a public reserve set aside more than a century ago for the community’s benefit, not just for the city’s racing elite. But the …

# Over Sowing in cooler months

Coming to the back half of February, we concede that yet another summer season is coming to an end. Though the warm should stay with us for a few weeks more, it is around this time Australian golf courses will be getting ready to complete their end-of-summer renovations to prepare for the cooler months to come. Another practice that, though …

# IAL International Conference & Exhibition

Australasia’s leading irrigation event, Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition, will take place between 24 – 26 May this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL), in conjunction with the organising committee is pleased to announce registrations are now open and the conference program has been announced for the 2016 event. The biennial conference and …

# Sportsground Management & Field Day

Parks & Leisure Australia’s Vic/Tas region is gearing up for their Sportsground Management and Field Day this month. The event will be held February 24th at Casey Field’s VFL Pavillion in Cranbourne East, and will cater to those who manage and prepare sportsgrounds. PLA’s seminar will look at all matters of turf management relating to elite and community standard sportsgrounds.  …

# Turf installed at Eureka Stadium

The latest milestone in the Eureka Stadium redevelopment has been achieved, with the installation of the new playing surface commencing late last week. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, joined Western Bulldogs Chief Operating Officer, Michael Quinn, Ballarat Engagement Manager, Brett Goodes, Ballarat Mayor, Des Hudson, and local members Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight at the Stadium to inspect the …

# Melbourne Park’s redevelopment

Melbourne Park was in the spotlight for the Australian Open over the next two weeks. But while the precinct is in the middle of a massive redevelopment, there was no construction work in sight obstructing punters’ view of the action.   The redevelopment currently consists of two stages, with the first stage complete and the second in its starting phase. …

# Sponsorship Awards – Sports Turf Programs

Sponsorship Awards – Sports Turf Programs STA Victoria is committed to continuing its support of educational programs for the Sports Turf Industry.  Two opportunities are available for 2016 which are outlined below. National Graduate Award In 2016 the STA Victoria will be seeking nominations from each college to be interviewed with the resultant winner representing STA Victoria in the AGCSA …

# Junction Oval redevelopment gets nod

Cricket Victoria’s long-running bid to fix a $5 million funding shortfall in the Junction Oval redevelopment project has ended successfully, although CA is tight-lipped on the roles played by the AFL and the Melbourne Cricket Club in the process. Victoria’s State Governnment has provided $25 million and Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia have chipped in $10 million in total for …

# Hawks fly the coop

Hawthorn has revealed well-advanced plans to move its headquarters from Waverley Park to a massive new facility at Dingley, where it has signed a contract of purchase. After investigating 15 to 20 sites, the Hawks have chosen – and on Monday paid a deposit for – a 28 hectare site in Dingley worth between $7 and $8 million, where the …