Following Turf Qld’s inception in 2001, I was a director for several years, and came to know all the individuals who helped form the bond between producers, making it stronger each year. Turf Qld. Under the stewardship of Jim Vaughan has initiated many projects to help us as turf growers understand our costs of production, and look at industry benchmarks in order that we can improve individual farm efficiencies. As well, our environmental awareness has been sharpened and improvements made to benefit our operations and the community at large. Many projects have been initiated with Qld Govt. to identify where improvements can be made to save on power costs and improve irrigation water efficiencies. Thru educational conferences, workshops and farm visits the turf producing community has grown into a strong organization of individuals who share values and a great camaraderie.
Turf Queensland (TQ) represents the quality turf producers from Queensland to the Northern Territory. TQ supports turf farmers with promotion to market and specifiers in line with the appropriate codes and laws. TQ represents its members across all levels of government and assists in liaison with various related organisations such as architects, regional government, sporting stadiums and environmental and erosion control engineers.TQ has proved to achieve consistency of product andimplemented the first industry level quality assurance program across the states. The Queensland Association provides valuable workshops, field days and specialty events that keep our industry up to date with innovation and technology. Turf Queensland has assisted us considerably in developing best management systems to the point where our efficiencies and sales have improved noticeably.
I would like to confirm that being a member of Turf Queensland helps my business by providing physical support and networking with issues that we often can’t deal with effectively on our own. Having an experienced independent professional body that can approach bureaucrats, or researchers, and work through the diversity of processes to make sure we meet high standards in our industry that is essential to us as professional growers. It is an investment in our businesses where the growers are stakeholders and beneficiaries.