2021 Conference Program

2021 Conference Program

The conference education sessions cover golf, sportsfields & grounds, technicians, workshops and management topics and feature a combination of 
Australian researchers, industry experts, turf professional from sportsfields and golf courses, keynote speakers and panel discussions.                

                         Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

                                     Broadbeach, Queensland

       Monday 21 June

Conference weeks kicks off with the ASTMA Golf Championships and National Turf Industry Awards Dinner


ASTMA Golf Championships Proudly sponsored by Toro Australia

Monday 21 June
8.45am - Bus Departs from GCCEC
Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club


National Turf Industry Awards Dinner Sponsored by Syngenta


Monday 21 June
6.30pm - Arrival and Pre Dinner Drinks



Arena Foyers
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre




Day 1      Tuesday 22 June

Day 1 of the Sports Turf Management Conference offer a full Plenary Session discussing topics common to all sports turf managers. Machinery Technicians will have a day of off site tours.

The conference plenary sessions will cover a broad range of content from industry experts, keynote speakers and panel talks that will focus on you and your team while discussing leadership, communication and building moral



Sports Turf Management Plenary Sessions 

8.15am - 8.30am
Conference Opening and Welcome Address
8.30am - 9.15am
Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing
9.15am - 10.15am
Contamination and Bio Security Responsibilites
10.15am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 1.00pm

Co-opeation and Communication

Presentation and Panel session on developing teamwork
1.00pm - 1.45pm


1.45pm - 2.30pm

Leadership for Life

Keynote Presentation
2.30pm - 3.30pm

Moviational Guest Speaker

Keynote Presentation
3.30pm - 5.30pm

VIP Trade Exhibition Opening


8.30pm - 1.00pm

                                                   Turf Technicians Stream                                                 


Tour sites to be confirmed


Day 2       Wednesday 23 June

Day 2 of the Sports Turf Management Conference breaks the Education Sessions into more specialised streams where full and day delegates can attend any session or workshop of thier choosing.  The conference education sessions cover golf, sportsfields & grounds, technicians with the addition of some specialty workshops . 




Sportsfields & Grounds



8.30am - 19.10am
Regional Review
Sportsfield and Stadium Management 
2021 Vs 2020
Electric and/or Hybrid Small Engines
Construction Sand and Soil Workshop
9.50am - 10.30am
Cricket Centre of Excellence Blacktown
Small Engine Maintenance
9.10am - 9.50am
Sting Nematodes
Racetrack Redevelopment
10.00am - 10.30am

Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition

11.00am - 11.40pm
Tournament & Event Preparation
Developing a Fertiliser Program for Sportsfields & Grounds
Spray Calibration Workshop
Construction Sand and Soil Workshop (Cont)
11.40am - 12.20pm
Course Construction & Redevelopment
Wicket Preperation - Driven by Data 
12.20am - 1.00pm
Rugby Centre of Excellence Ballymore
1.00pm - 5.00pm

Lunch & Trade Exhibition 

2.00pm - 3.30pm
Growing Degree Day Workshop
5.00pm - 5.30pm

AGM of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Assocaition 

ASTMA Members



Day 3       Thursday 24 June

The final day of the Sports Turf Management Conference,sees streams directed toward either Agronomy or Management. Delegates can choose the session that most suits their needs across area common to all. 





Careers & Management


Workshop 2

8.30am - 9.00pm
ANTEP & Turf Trials Update 
Recruitment Tools - Job Ads, interview Questions and Techniques
How to service small engine carburettors
Developing Effective Presentation Skills to Engage an Audience
9.00am - 9.30am
Maximising efficiency of fungicide applications
Team Work - Staff Involvement and Engagement
9.30am - 10.00am
Effective management of ERI Fungi
10.00am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.40pm

Irrigation and Dosage Systems
Turf Management - A Versatile Career 
The Importance of Good Record Keeping
Modern Leadership for Turf Managers


11.40pm- 12.20pm
Sports Turf Management Sustainability
Your changing fleet
12.20pm - 1.00pm
Research into Green House Gas Emissions from Australian Sportsfields and Golf Courses
Lithium & future battery technology 
1.00pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 3.30pm

Guest Keynote Speaker


Conference Farewell Bash - Sponsored by Greenway Turf Solutions

Thursday 24th June
5.00pm - 7.30pm