Councils gather at Echuca to exchange open space ideas

12 Oct, 2017 02:39 PM
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Councils from across much of Victoria and southern NSW made the trip to Echuca on October 11 to hear speakers on a range of topics including service delivery, cricket pitch preparation, the inceased use of facilities and keeping all users happy.

This year's event was sponsored by Coolabah Turf and Syngenta.

The legendary former Adelaide Oval curator, Les Burdett, told delegates that communication and building relationships were the biggest issues in operating a multi function turf facility.

His motto was "treat people well and they will treat you well'.

Brett Flavell, Campaspe Shire Council, said the areahad significant natural and community sites and features.

He said new projects like the Port of Echuca development "connected people to the river environment".

AFL Victoria's Mark Lambourn, described the AFL's "Growing the Heartland" project.

He said equal opportunities for a wide range of community was a key component.

"For every $1 invested in community football there was a return of $4.70 in social value, he said.

Lawn Solutions Australia's Joe Rogers presented delegates with news on the latest new turf grasses LSA was releasing onto the market in 2017/18.

He said Sir Grange (Zoysia) and TifTuf (couchgrass) were grasses that performed at much higher levels than existing grasses.

He said the grasses were extensively trialled at a number of locations before release.

Outside the Square Creative Consulting principal Wendy Dunstan, said the critical initial aspect of a success service driven asset management plan was getting a group across areas of the business to drive a shared plan.

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