Coming events

The Sports Turf Association (WA) and the Turf Growers Association of Western Australia are proud to present the WA Turf Seminar 2019.
Responding to requests from previous events, this year’s seminar has been especially planned to bring the delegates outdoors during much of the day for some practical instruction and demonstration. An array of Trade Expo marquees will also be set up outside representing various turf industry equipment and product suppliers and distributors ready to display their wares and services.
On the larger lawn arena, we will be leading groups of delegates through various educational and instructional Machinery and Renovation sessions.  Each presenting company, with guidance by WA Turf Seminar volunteers will have time to demonstrate to the groups the How, What and Why of the equipment, machinery, products and renovation procedure on display. Why choose this specific type of machine? What is the purpose of outfitting the equipment in that configuration? How to achieve differing outcomes from differing machinery or configurations?
Don’t miss such an ideal opportunity for direct and uncrowded interaction between delegate and presenter.
Informed choices are better choices! An educated turf industry is a resilient and progressive industry.

PDF copies of the brochure and registration form can be downloaded here.
A WORD doc version of the WA Turf Seminar 2019 registration form can be downloaded here.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Tony Guy,
President, Sports Turf Association (WA)

Fertilise Wise Fertiliser Training

The Fertilise Wise Fertiliser Training session will be held on Wednesday the 8th May 2019 at the Canning River Eco Education Centre.
The pdf flier available for download on the Fertilise Wise website -
The Fertilise Wise Fertiliser Training program is an initiative of the Phosphorus Awareness Project.  The training is delivered by John Forrest from South Metropolitan TAFE and aims to train turf managers and local government officers in fertiliser best management practices, specific to Perth.  The course is highly subsidised at $100 (normal cost over $300) and consists of 8 hours of practical training. Turf managers and local government officers will on completion of the course have a fertiliser management plan for areas under their control.  To register contact Natasha Bowden on 9458 5664 or  



Please note, this is a draft calendar and the dates and venues may change as each event is organised.
Please check this site for more information as each event is subsequently advertised.
January WA Turf Industry Awards
Hartfield Park Golf Course, Forrestfield
23 January 2018
February STA(WA)/ South Metro TAFE BBQ
Murdoch Campus
7 February 2018
February STA(WA) Members Day @ Ascot
Ascot Racecourse
21 February 2018
April STA(WA) Irrigation Seminar
(Irrigation budgeting / system maintenance workshop)
12 April 2018
June STA(WA) Chemical Refresher Course
(labels, nozzles, storage & handling workshop)
14 June 2018
June 34 Australian Turfgrass Conference Wellington NZ 25-29 June 2018
August Mow Master Cricket Pitch Seminar 29 August 2018
October WA Turf Industry Awards 30 October 2018
November STA (WA) AGM & STA(WA) Golf Challenge 21 November 2018

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Thursday 14 June 2018
All Saints' College
Ewing Avenue, Bull Creek

The Sports Turf Association (WA) is proud to once again host a one day workshop presented by our colleagues from South Metropolitan TAFE which provides an invaluable “refresh” of the disciplines and updates on the professional requirements that are needed to safely store, handle and apply chemicals within todays workspaces and our shared environment.
Awareness is key. Ongoing training in this field is a must.
Are you confident that you and your fellow staff are compliant in the way hazardous chemicals are being stored and used according to the EPA, APVMA and Health Dept guidelines?
Did you know that there is a requirement for all persons using chemicals classed as hazardous to be ‘trained’ in that use and that you have a record of that ‘training’?
Are you confident that the chemicals are being applied efficiently and effectively as per their manufacturers specifications?
Understanding the language and directions contained in the label and correct selection of nozzle type and size is essential to spray success.
Past attendees have praised the lecture as very worthwhile. I encourage you to participate.

Please click on the below links to download the Invite and registration form
STA(WA) Chemical Refresher Course 2018 flier & registration form - with fillable pdf and auto submit version
STA(WA) Chemical Refresher Course 2018 registration form - fillable pdf version

RSVP by 8th June 2018

Thursday 12 April 2018
Reece Distribution Centre Training Room
4 Spartan Street, Jandakot

The Sports Turf Association (WA) and Reece Irrigation are very proud to invite you to participate in a full day Irrigation Seminar to be held on Thursday 12 April. This seminar hosts a number of very important topics that we feel are vital for the success of your modern irrigation management practices. Key personnel from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will be there providing a comprehensive presentation on the very serious challenge we all face in managing our shared water resource in the Perth Peel region. Are you aware that we will all be facing a reduction in our extraction allocation up to 10% by the year 2025? Do you have any questions / suggestions for the DWER staff while they are here? We are all partners in this issue, so lets take the opportunity to work together.
In association with this topic we are proud to have long term sponsor Western Irrigation, present on the importance of not only monitoring the performance/maintenance of your irrigation bore pumps and hardware but also keeping a close eye on the health and quality of your ground water.
As we all know the key to managing a valued product or service is by knowing how much we are using and by knowing how well or how efficiently we are using it. The water we use for our irrigation in the Perth region is one such highly valued commodity, so we are proud to once again have our colleagues from South Metro TAFE on hand to provide a clear and easy to understand talk on Irrigation System Auditing.
Joining us during the day will also be presentations from Rainbird Australia, Toro Irrigation, Reece Irrigation and a special guest from Aquatrols.
I hope you can join us for what plans to be brilliant seminar day.

Time Speaker Topic
7:00 Registration
7:30 Justin Foley (Reece Irrigation) Welcome & Intro Reece Irrigation
8:00 Gareth Jones (Toro Irrigation) Toro Irrigation
8:30 Adam Strachan (Rainbird Australia) Rainbird Controllers & the IQ 3 Cloud
9:00 Tom Malehorn (Aquatrols) Aquatrol range
9:30 Morning Tea
9:50 Ben Drew (DWER) Ground Water Extraction Allocation Management
10:50 Craig Scott & Daniel Ferguson (DWER) Peel Perth Water Supply Planning @3.5Million
11:20 Andrew Ogden (Western Irrigation) Irrigation Bore Maintenance
Ground water quality monitoring
11:50 Tour of the Reece Distribution Warehouse  
12:30 Lunch
1:00 John Forrest (SM TAFE) Irrigation System Auditing
3:30 Close

Please click on the below links to download the Invite and registration form
STA(WA) Irrigation Seminar 2018 flier & registration form - fillable pdf version
STA(WA) Irrigation Seminar 2018 registration form - word doc version
RSVP by 6th April 2018

Our annual BBQ breakfast at South Metropolitan TAFE (new name for Challenger Institute of Technology) was held on Wednesday morning 15th March.
This social meet was an ideal opportunity for members of all turf sectors (Golf, Parks & Gardens & Sports turf), and our trade colleagues to come together where many of our careers began and enjoy a hearty BBQ. While there and renewing old friendships it was a time to catch up with the turf lecturers and chat with some of the students on how things were going.

Following on from the success of last year's Cricket Wicket seminar, the Sports Turf Association (WA) was very proud to present the Cricket Wicket & Sports Field Renovation Workshop, held once again at the Murdoch University Sports Ground on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
This workshop aimed to give delegates hands-on practical experience will aspects of cricket wicket renovation under the tutelage of some of our well respected and experienced local wicket curators. During the day, delegates also received instruction from sponsors MowMaster on cylinder mower maintenance and State Wide Turf Services presented on and demonstrate sports field renovation.
Please note that thanks to sponsors Nuturf, who had been able to secure a special visit from Matthew Holmes and Daniel Docherty from Syngenta, who flew in from the east coast to present on Fungicide Resistance Management.