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WA Turf Management For Increased Sports Participation Technical Tour

22 November 2018
9:15 am - 3:00 pm
Lightning Park, 30 Della Road, Noranda WA 6062

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Who should attend:

Local Government parks, sports field and open space operations including Parks Managers, Supervisors, Coordinators; Turf and Irrigation Supervisors; Golf Course Supervisors; Landscape Architects; Designers.

Tour Content and Itinerary

With increasing population and housing density across Perth, our sports fields and high profile public spaces are experiencing higher levels of use. To cope with higher useage and wear, turf managers will need to consider increasing their spend on maintenance and also consider options such as hybrid turf. This tour will demonstrate the work being undertaken by councils and companies to meet this challenge including mowing and renovation practices, water and nutrient management, growth control and hybrid turf.


Registrations open at Lightning Park


Lightning Park | Peter Ruscoe, Sports Turf Technology; John Bussell, SWAN Systems; Rod Strang, City of Bayswater


Earnest Johnston Oval | Dan Docherty, SYNGENTA; Chris Simondson, City of South Perth


Peet Park | Jodi Ogilvie, City of Belmont; Simon Macri, City of Belmont. Pegasus Mower demonstration



Hartfield Park | Sean Curtis, City of Kalamunda; Scott Barnett, City of Kalamunda


Bassendean Oval | Steve Morrissey, Town of Bassendean


Arrive Lightning Park and tour end.

* Please note arrival times are approximates only and are subject to change *

What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, pen, notebook, water bottle. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at Hartfield Park. Please email plawa@parksleisure.com.au if you have any dietary requirements (eg. vegetarian).

If you are uncertain whether your organisation has a PLA membership or if your membership price is not displaying please email plawa@parksleisure.com.au.

Presenter Briefs

Peter Ruscoe | Senior Turf Consultant, Sports Turf Technology

Peter has worked as a turf consultant in the Perth region for the last 16 years. He is currently undertaking a four-year study of the sting nematode on turf grass in Western Australia, for a master's degree through the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Dr. Graham Stirling. The research project has involved an extensive nematode survey on sports fields, the monitoring of sting nematode population dynamics and depth distribution, and a turf cultivar trial for sting nematode resistance.

Rod Strang | Manager Parks & Gardens, City of Bayswater

Rod commenced with the City of Bayswater towards the end of 2006 after 14 years at the City of Swan, 3 years at the City of Melville and 8 years at the City of Wanneroo, where Rod started as an apprentice in 1982. Rod also has extensive turf experience working with golf courses and turf wickets. Rod's qualifications include an Advanced Diploma Horticulture, Advanced Diploma Horticulture Local Government and a Trade Certificate Turf. Professional interest areas - park construction and turf culture.

Dan Docherty | Group Sales Manager Turf & Landscape, SYNGENTA

Dan has a broad background in Turfgrass & Horticultural Management from his beginnings on golf courses to his work servicing customers nationally for the past 6 years at Syngenta. Dan's current role involves working with open space managers providing assistance in the day-to-day management of turf and horticulture specialising in professional sportsturf management, landscape management and horticulture. Dan uses his turf qualifications (Diploma in Horticulture, Certificate in Turf Management, a Diploma in Natural Resource Management and Agsafe Accreditation) to deliver technical advice and solutions for a range of customers and distribution partners throughout Australia at the same time he is responsible for leading and supporting the Syngenta T&L Sales team.

John Bussell | SWAN Systems

John graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2000 with a PhD in plant molecular biology and genetics and followed an academic career, both locally and abroad, in plant biology research. After joining the SWAN Systems team, John worked on a variety of irrigation and research projects, including handling and manipulation of automatically collected irrigation and nutrient data for decision support and reporting. He has been involved in all stages of the development, testing and refining of, and provision of client support for the SWAN Systems software.

Sean Curtis | City of Kalamunda

Sean Curtis is the Irrigation and Park Projects Supervisor at the City of Kalamunda. Sean has extensive experience in irrigation management and is the key operator with developing and maintaining the Hartfield Park Managed Aquifer Recharge System and all of the City's varied and unique irrigation extraction and delivery systems.

Scott Barnett | City of Kalamunda

Scott has worked in the turf industry for the last 15 years. He started his career on golf courses and worked as a golf course superintendent in South East Queensland. Also having worked as operations manager for a renovation and construction company which worked on some of the most premier golf courses, sports stadiums, local governments and schools all along the east coast of Australia. Scott moved to WA 2 and half years ago and has been working at the City of Swan until he recently moved to the City of Kalamunda.

Parking and meeting point:

Lightning Park | 30 Della Road, Noranda WA 6062

Please email plawa@parksleisure.com.au if you have any queries.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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