Avondale Track Back in Use After Long Break
6 Mar 2012 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
The home straight at Avondale Racecourse will come alive to the sound of thundering hooves and cheering punters next month when racing returns after 20 months.
Artificial Pitch Maintenance - Who, How, When and Why?
6 Mar 2012 - Synthetics - Nick Harris
The importance of maintaining artificial turf pitches is widely acknowledged throughout the sports industry, and the consequences of neglecting to do so have been well-documented. But, when it comes to the fundamentals, the practicalities of actually looking after your own artificial sports surface, where do you start?
Fuel Problems in your Petrol Powered Equipment?
6 Mar 2012 - Mechanics - Pat Callaby
Clogged up carburettors are common ailments for any petrol-powered machines, often caused by long term storage without draining or treating the fuel or incorrect filtration.
John Odell - Time to Cut Links
6 Mar 2012 - Golf - Editor
John Odell felt like he'd ''come home'' when he began as a course greenkeeper at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in the 1980s. ''Working with nature, the soils, the grasses … '' he recalled fondly. However, there was little money - or respect - in the job he loved. So he set about transforming the image of course superintendents from that of knockabout ''tradies'' in singlets and stubbies to career professionals.
Christchurch's Hagley Oval Plans Urgent
5 Mar 2012 - General News - Editor
The Christchurch City Council will literally plough ahead with the ground redevelopment at Hagley Oval probably at the end of this season whether the two long-serving clubs based there, St Albans and Riccarton, are supportive or not.
Trump Threatens To Ditch $1B Scotland Golf Resort
5 Mar 2012 - Golf - Editor
When the first sod was laid on Donald Trump's billion-dollar championship golf resort in Scotland last April, few people could have predicted that less than a year later the whole project would be under threat.
Eden Parks Big Change Over
5 Mar 2012 - Stadia - Editor
Ground staff at Eden Park have a frantic few hours in near darkness early this morning to convert the venue from a cricket arena to a rugby league venue.
Making Green with Greenmakers
5 Mar 2012 - Editorial - Amy Foyster
David Cole is the Director of GreenMakers Pty Ltd, a company that is contracted out to a variety of locations to do turf work. Pitchcare stopped in at Loreto Mandeville Hall, one of their current clients, to speak to David about the work they do.
Backpack blowers product test
4 Mar 2012 - Product Testing - Jane Carley
“We consider blowers to be disposable machinery, replaced every couple of years, so price is important. If the cheaper makes do the job, and you are on a budget, they are worth considering”. The groundstaff at Robin Hood Golf Club put a selection of backpack blowers through their paces.
Nozzle Wear with Greencast
3 Mar 2012 - Consultancy - Editor
As sprayer nozzles wear application rates will change and could compromise the efficacy of all treatments. Syngenta Application Specialist, Tom Robinson, highlights what you should be looking out for, how to check sprayer accuracy and what to do about it.
STANZ February 2012 Newsletter Inside
3 Mar 2012 - Industry News - Bobbie Harvey
Welcome to the first newsletter of the year and also to the new format. The Sports Field Forum name is now officially replaced with the Sports Turf Association of New Zealand (STANZ).
Last Chance to Register for ChemClear’s WA Collection
3 Mar 2012 - Health and Safety - ChemClear
There is just over a week left for Western Australia’s agvet chemical users to register for the upcoming state-wide ChemClear collection.
Developer Joins Talks on Townsville Super Stadium
2 Mar 2012 - Stadia - Editor
The bid for a super-stadium in Townsville city is gaining momentum after leading developers asked for their prime creek-front site to be considered for the complex.
Trump Buys Another Course
2 Mar 2012 - Golf - Editor
The famous developer and avid golfer is paying $150 million to purchase the Doral golf resort out of bankruptcy. He promises to improve a “tired” property, and lengthen the signature course’s first hole by 100 yards.
Future Looking bright for Fitzroy Turf
2 Mar 2012 - General News - Editor
The future is finally looking bright for Central Queensland turf farmer Andy Cooper. After losing more than $200,000 during the 2010-11 floods and being struck down by leptospirosis, he is able to smile again, on the back of the Central Queensland construction boom.
Helping keep Australia Beautiful
2 Mar 2012 - Health and Safety - ChemClear
With Clean Up Australia Day approaching, farmers and chemical users across the nation are encouraged to take advantage of two excellent industry stewardship programs.