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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the turf industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

Application of soil amendments to maintain turf quality on sandy soils under reduced irrigation

Project Code: TU13000

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

Established in 2013 and now complete, this project investigated the use of inorganic soil amendments to improve the water retention of sandy soils, and to decrease turf water requirements.


While there has been the perception that the use of amendments in these soils can reduce deep water drainage and lead to more efficient use of irrigation water, this was the first time their use has been independently tested.

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the turf industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Developing a national standard for turf as an erosion control measure

Project Code: TU13034

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

This project is developing an Australian Standard for the use of turf in erosion control in construction management and completed works (such as buildings, roads, waterways, etc).

Turf industry communications
NxGen 2016-18
National R&D conference 2016 and 2017
Business and industry development for the turf industry 2013-17
Turf industry statistics and research 2016/17
An environmental assessment of the Australian turf industry
Green industry growing leaders program
Green industry growing leaders program

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the turf page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

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Final Report order form


Turf Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Turf SIP at a glance

Turf SIP

The turf Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the turf industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.

The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving turf growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's turf Relationship Manager, John Vatikiotis, by phone on 0429 022 637or by email.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Turf Sydney, NSW June 9 and 10, 2016
Turf Brisbane, QLD July 27, 2016
Turf Sydney, NSW October 24, 2016
Turf Sydney, NSW November 22, 2016
Turf Sydney, NSW March 28 and 29, 2017
Turf Teleconference August 4,2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the turf industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

Read articles on the turf industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

John Vatikiotis
Relationship Manager Lead

T 02 8295 2384
Send an email

Graeme Yardy (Acting)
Marketing Manager Lead

T 02 8295 2353
Send an email

Industry representative body: Turf Producers Australia Ltd

T 02 4588 5735
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