Message from the President

Dear Members,

We are at the close of another year, one of the busiest years for STA (Vic), highlighted by;

-Safety & Education Forum sponsored by Bayer in April.
-Sports Turf Seminar sponsored by Jacobsen attracted close to 300 delegates
-The Annual General Meeting in August saw the election of four new members to General Committee.
-Pitch Preparation Day in September was a huge success and we are very proud of the video produced by Turfmate and funded by Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and STA (Vic). A huge thank you to John Shannon, Melbourne Grammar School and everyone who so willingly helped out on the day. Follow this YouTube link and feel free to share with your colleagues.
-The Toro Regional Sportsfield & Grounds Forum held recently was the last event for the year with a good attendance. Based on the feedback from delegates, both Toro and Syngenta provided great presentations and many ideas for possible solutions to issues experienced across the turf industry.

The first report from John Neylan on the research project financed by STA (Vic) – “Compare
possible hours of use for different sports field construction types and maintenance inputs”
was delivered at the July Sports Turf Seminar and we look forward to bringing you further
updates in 2018.

We continue to offer funding to encourage students to move from Certificate III in Sports Turf
Management to the Diploma program.

Events for 2018;
April OH&S/Turf Seminar at Junction Oval plus tour of new facility
July Sports Turf Seminar
September Pitch Preparation Field Day
Oct/Nov Details to be confirmed

Farewell to Turfcraft magazine, Alastair Dowie announced the November/December edition
is the final edition. Thank you Alastair for almost 20 years as Editor of Turfcraft. Also thanks
to Ed Kryskow, advertising sales manager. STA (Vic) wishes you both the very best.

We have made a conscious effort to increase awareness of the STA (Vic) Facebook page
and have posted photos and comments from some of the events this year. Currently we
have a photo competition on Facebook and encourage everyone to post a photo and
comment. This closes 17th December, 2017.

Nathan Tovey tendered his resignation as Secretary of STA (Vic) and we thank him for his
contribution over many years to STA (Vic) and as the STA(Vic) representative on STA
Australia. The Committee wish him well in the future.

A reminder to all STA (Vic) members, please communicate any workplace personnel
changes, emails, addresses etc. to Jan Fenton

The STA (Vic) Committee again thank you for your support over the year and wish you and
your families a safe and happy festive season and best wishes for 2018.
As always, we encourage you to contact us with ideas, potential speakers and topics you
would like to see in 2018. Email:

Danny Edmunds

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