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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

New and ongoing R&D projects

Read about some of the new and ongoing projects for the turf industry. The latest updates for these can be found at Hortlink Spring.

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

Project Code: TU13000

Status: Near-completed project

Read more at Hortlink Spring

Established in 2013, this project is investigating the use of inorganic soil amendments to improve the water retention of sandy soils and to decrease turf water requirements. This is particularly important in the face of future water restrictions due to climate change and population growth.

The project is due for completion at the end of 2016.

Developing a national standard for turf as an erosion control measure
Turf industry communications
NxGen 2016-18
National R&D conference 2016 and 2017
Business and industry development for the turf industry 2013-17
Other R&D projects of note

Current marketing activity

Information on current marketing activity can be found on the turf page at Hortlink Spring.

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Strategic Investment Planning process for the turf industry is almost complete



If you would like to submit comments, please view the draft and then use the comment form. You have until Thursday, February 23, 2017 to get in any final feedback. If you'd rather speak to a real person, you can ring John Vatikiotis of Hort Innovation on 0429 022 637.

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far. If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, then now's the time!

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the turf SIP.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Turf Sydney, NSW June 9, 2016
Turf Sydney, NSW June 10, 2016
Turf Brisbane, QLD July 27, 2016

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


Contacts at Hort Innovation

John Vatikiotis
Relationship Manager Lead

T 02 8295 2384
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Craig Perring
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2342
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Industry representative body: Turf Producers Australia Ltd

T 02 4588 5735
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