Environment & Safety Compliance Initiative


ASTMA & ePar

Environmental Initative



Golf: Benefits to the Environment

Governing bodies in most major sporting codes consider environmental management and sustainability to be a key priority, and an important element of sport’s contribution to wider society and the effect the game has on nature and resources.  Sustainability for sport is relevant to where we play and what we play on, and building and managing the facilities on which we play can have significant benefits for nature, communities and resources. 

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association strongly advocates sustainability across nature, environments and vegetation, communities and resources. We continually advocate for the setting of parameters to better understand the needs and opportunities for sustainability communications and reporting for sport in Australia, including gathering, analysis and representation of data and case studies that will demonstrate the whole value of sport, and demonstrate productive use of land by sport & recreation facilities.  

Supporting this, Golf: Benefits to the Environment – a document released by the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC), solidifies that knowledge, highlighting the range of unique ways that Australia’s golf courses contribute to the conservation and management of our natural resources.


Download the Golf: Benefits to the Environment

document produced by the Australian

Golf Industry Council (AGIC)



ASTMA & ePar Environmental Initative

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has partnered with workplace health, safety and environment compliance specialist epar to launch the Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Initiative to assist Australian Sports Turf Managers Association members in managing this important area of their course operations.

A cornerstone of the agreement, signed in May 2018, is the creation of the Golf Environment and Safety Foundation. This foundation will be used to fund research projects and study bursaries, as well as assist smaller golf clubs and turf facilities in developing environment, health and safety (EHS) compliance systems. It will also facilitate the development of an online Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Portal which will provide ASTMA members and golf clubs with latest news, legislation updates, alerts, research and case studies relating to compliance and risk management.


Update for Members on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has received a number of enquiries from members relating to recent annoucements of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We will continue to monotor the situaiton, and receive advice from relevant State and National Health authorities on the respiratory illness outbreak caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). We update this infomraiton regularly with the latest medical advice and official reports. 

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  Particular to Australia, as at 11:00 hrs on 11 March 2020, Australia has 112 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), including 3 deaths.

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases.  Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath


Australia is well prepared. 

The Australian health system is first-class, and includes mechanisms for early detection and effective management of cases and contacts. Federal and State Government plans include a range of interventions to minimise transmission and mitigate the impact of the outbreak.

Australian Government agencies and state and territory governments are working together to coordinate an evidence-based response. This includes applying travel restrictions to reduce the number of travellers from mainland China, Iran and the Republic of Korea, and effective 11th March 2020 - a travel ban will be implemented for Italy

There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person, and current advice is that the virus is most likely spread through:

  • close contact with an infectious person
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or fac



Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others, such as touching
  • Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.


Coronavirus Health Information Line

A range of resources are available via the Department of Health website, at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov


Further informaiton:

Visit: https://www.health.gov.au/ or call the number below if you are seeking information on novel coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080


Further Informaiton and Resources for Members

Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Environment and Safety Compliance Partner ePar, have prepared a range of resources that are available to ASTMA members to further understand and discuss Coronavirus (COVID-19) with their staff.  These items canbe accessed below: 




The Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Initiative

“The ASTMA is excited to be partnering with epar on this initiative,” says ASTMA CEO Mark Unwin, pictured (right) with epar area manager Nathan Tovey. “Workplace health, safety and environmental compliance is such a critical area of management for ASTMA members and this partnership is a great step forward to help assist them be better managers. Our members already have a strong reputation for being proactive in this field and through this initiative we hope to further demonstrate to the wider golf industry and community our commitment to best practice principles.    

“One component of the initiative I am particularly excited about is the ability for the ASTMA and epar to greatly assist smaller clubs with creating EHS compliance systems where previously they may not have had the time, experience or resources to do so.”

Founded in 2003 by Terry Muir, epar has over the past 15 years become a leading provider of environment and safety compliance training, auditing and management systems across the sports turf and recreation industries in Australia.  Its EHS systems have been adopted by many of Australia’s leading golf clubs, including the likes of New South Wales, The Australian, Sanctuary Cove, Lakelands and Woodlands.  


“We are thrilled to be the ASTMA’s environment, health and safety partner and we look forward to working closely with the team,” says Muir. “It is a critical step in enhancing golf’s environment and safety management profile and is another example of the ASTMA supporting its members in their environment and safety compliance journeys. epar and the ASTMA will now be working together to assist superintendents support good governance and compliance leadership. This is incredibly exciting as it will really drive forward compliance efficiencies and deliver noticeable benefits for ASTMA members."

Under the new agreement between the ASTMA and epar, funding from the partnership will be used for and/or to support:

  • Research and development projects and study bursaries investigating environmental and safety issues on golf courses;

  • Funding to assist smaller golf clubs and courses to develop their own EHS compliance programmes;

  • National and/or state-based environmental and safety projects;

  • Hosting of a series of environment and safety seminars/workshops around Australia to provide further education to ASTMA members on EHS compliance and best practice; and

  • Establishment of a regular EHS column in Australian Turfgrass Management Journal (to be launched in the May-June 2018 edition).

As part of the initiative ASTMA members will also receive special member pricing on epar’s Compliance Diary and its ‘Essentials’ or ‘Platinum’ tier EHS programmes. Members will also get a copy of epar’s Take 3 Pocketbook on risk assessments.

Commenting on the new partnership, epar area manager Nathan Tovey says it'll bring many benefits for ASTMA members: “We’re looking forward to making our industry-leading environment and safety management and training programmes available to ASTMA members and assisting the ASTMA enhance its member experience," says Tovey. "We hope to foster collaboration with ASTMA members and our clients to make better use of the innovative regulatory technology and compliance solutions epar has developed to help them navigate the increasing volume of regulatory compliance demands being placed on a golf business.”

For more information on the suite of services provided by epar, visit www.epar.com.au.