# STA Update: August 2015

The 2015 Annual STA VIC Sportsfield And Wicket Seminar was held at AAMI Park on July 22 with 320 registered delegates, the day was a roaring success with a bustling trade show and packed out seminar room. A special thanks to Jan Fenton and Jessica Woolard for all their work in making the day a great success.

The day began with the STA AGM, see outcome of elections below. Our first speaker was Toby Lumsden from City Of Casey who gave a presentation on Casey Fields which included all the facilities available and the reconstruction of the VFL ground that Casey Scorpions and Melbourne Football Club use. Our next presenter was Ricky Bell from AFL Victoria who gave a presentation of the growth of football across Victoria, particularly female participation and the benefits that local football has within the community. Geoff Connellan was our next speaker who presented contents of his new book on water management for open space areas. Our seminar sponsor Globe then provided information on services that they provide.

Following morning tea Ben Gibson from e-par gave a talk on managing OH&S and risk in the workplace. Elizabeth Jansz then gave an industry education update which was then followed by John Shannon and Matt Oliver from Melbourne Grammar who gave a talk on the facilities and wicket preparation at the three campuses. John Neylan then gave a brief update on the trials he is conducting for STA on poa in warm season grasses.

Following a delicious lunch our guest speaker Kevin Sheedy entertained the crowd for almost an hour with many football stories and some of the innovations that he has implemented. Kevin then drew our raffle tickets for a Melbourne Storm game and a table at the Footy Show

The morning tea and lunch breaks were a great chance for people to check out the trade stands, if they weren’t too busy stuffing their faces with the impressive spread provided!

It was a great day and only seems to be getting bigger and better every year. Thanks for all your support

The following were elected to the committee for 2015/1:

President – Peter Todd

Secretary – Danny Edmunds

Treasurer – Garry Woolard

Senior Vice President – Nathan Tovey

Activities – John Cann

Membership – Grant Greenway

Marketing – Rob Jenkins

Education – Jim Porter

There is still one vacant Vice President role available, so if anyone interested in joining the committee they can contact any of the above committee members.

There has been some changes in the STA Victoria office recently with our new phone number being 0439 089 005 whilst our new postal address is PO Box 1100 Sandringham, 3191. The STA would like to take the opportunity to thank Kathryn Walker from Mikkat Management for all her work over the past 18 months in the administration of the Association and would like wish her all the best for the year. We would also like to welcome Jan Fenton who will be taking on the role of administration officer.

Congratulations to STA Vic representative Jono Perez (AAMI Park) for representing so well in the final of the STA National Sports Turf Graduate. The national winner was Grant Woolley from Tasmania, congratulations to Grant

Key Dates:

ASBA/STA Field Day – 17 September, 2015 – Eltham College

8.45am for 9am start – 2.30pm Closing address

The program has been designed to appeal to all delegates. Topics extend from Planning Development, Project Management and High Performance Teams to the latest in Turf Technology


Garry Woolard


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