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McAuliffe, K. and Roche, M.B. (2009) Best use modelling for sustainable Australia sports field surfaces. Project Report. TU06019. Horticulture Australia Limited.

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The Best Use Modelling for Sustainable Australian Sports Field Surfaces project has achieved significant success. The project has attracted participation from councils throughout Australia, with in excess of 300 sports fields evaluated from 18 councils to date.

An important project component is the derivation of a recommended standard procedure for specifying the performance of playing surfaces. An associated step has been to establish recommended playing surface performance standards for community level sports fields. The derived modelling also provides information on the expected usage and associated costs of different sports surface development options. This is expected to assist the Australian turf production industry through demonstrating to councils that cost effective natural turf options exist that can meet higher usage expectation (as a viable alternative to synthetic turf).

A web-accessed data base system will be made available to councils from January 2010 on (reference to www.passturf.com). This system will enable participating councils to record and analyse field performance over time. The system is considered world-leading, and will help keep the Australian parks industry to the international forefront.

Tools developed as part of the project offer councils the opportunity to internally assess the performance of their current sports field provision, to identify any deficiencies and to determine the best corrective measure if any deficiency is identified. This is expected to offer community benefits to both sports facility providers and facility user groups. In turn this will aid the provision of affordable community access to safe and good quality playing surfaces.

Tools and associated information material will be made available to councils throughout Australia by the end of this year, via the Parks and Leisure Aust. web site.

The Best Use Modelling Project is work in progress. On-going input will be needed to ensure the web-accessed database software is as user friendly as possible, new performance testing data will need to be inputted, and tools provided to participating councils updated.

Through the support of HAL there is now a well-structured, nationally-supported system in place for benchmarking playing surfaces and for assisting councils to optimise their resource allocation to sports field upgrade or maintenance work.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Funders:Funded by voluntary contribution with matched funding from the Australian Government.
Projects:HAL Project TU06019: Best use modelling for sustainable Australia sports field surfaces
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Horticulture Australia Limited.
Keywords:Australia; sports field surface; sustainable; performance; turfgrass; safe; quality; Best Use Modelling Project; sports field; model.
Subjects:Plant culture > Lawns and turfgrasses > Sportsturf and greens
Live Archive:18 Nov 2010 05:14
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:43

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