Turf Management SA

Supporting sports, recreation and amenity turf in South Australia.

Notice of AGM

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Minutes of 2023 AGM

The second annual TMSA Turf Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday 13 August 2024  from 8am to 4pm at the Adelaide Oval.

This event promises an educational program featuring a variety of engaging sessions and guest presenters, along with ample networking opportunities.

You can check out our speaker lineup under Speakers.

Our platinum, silver, and gold sponsors will have stands at the event with some also showcasing some of the latest machinery and equipment outside.

The Annual General Meeting will take place during one of the session breaks, and we hope to see as many members as possible in attendance.

Session 1 - John Neylan


John has worked extensively in the turf industry as a Turfgrass Agronomist for nearly 40 years. He has extensive experience in undertaking research and consultancy with a wide range of clients including golf, major sports stadia, local government and racetracks and has expertise in soils, sports turf profile design, drainage, water management and turfgrass evaluation. John has lectured in soils, drainage, irrigation management, environmental management and construction at several campuses. In addition, he has presented papers at numerous turf conferences and seminars and has written extensively with over 350 published papers and articles.

Session 2 - Ernie Gmehling

Ground Science - Managing Director

Ernie has a Diploma in Civil Engineering and has 40 years of experience in soil science. He is the Managing Director of Ground Science who have been servicing the turf industry for over 20 years. Ernie has been involved in a large range of turf based projects, typically as a materials technologist involved in material selection, QA testing, design testing, forensic investigations and problem solving on sporting fields and racecourses. He is a cricket soil specialist who has conducted numerous research trials into wicket soil behaviour and assisted turf managers of major stadium venues in understanding how to monitor and prepare cricket pitches, using science.

Session 3 - Ben Gibson

CEO | The Toolbox Team

Ben is an experienced golf and sports turf industry leadership coach, systems specialist and presenter. He has worked with hundreds of turf managers and thousands of their staff across Australia, New Zealand and the United States and used that knowledge and experience to build his business The Toolbox Team, health and safety compliance software The Toolbox and and the Australia/NZ Sports Turf Leadership Forum Series. His vision is to create physically and psychologically safer work environments for teams across the industry and provide a meaningful and sustainable solution. Ben appears regularly on industry podcasts, in state and national turf association magazines and has spoken at turf industry events in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States. He has spent his career building and leading teams and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership.

Session 4 - Steve Cole

General Manager | Lilydale Instant Lawn

Steve has 38 years of experience working in turf production and project management as well as Golf Course maintenance, major stadium surface construction, racetrack construction and turf farm development. He is trade certified and has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science - Turf Management.

Session 4 - Jeremy Cutajar

Manager | Maorondah Golf Courses and Sportsfields

Jeremy has 32 years of experience working in the Golf and Sports fields turf industry within Local government. Maintaining 2 public golf course and 62 sports fields including AFL , Cricket, Baseball, Soccer, Rugby, Gridiron, Athletics and more. As well as maintenance, Jeremy has project managed a range of Sports turf construction projects from minor projects to full sports precinct redevelopment. Jeremy is trade certified and has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science - Turf Management.

Session 5 - Jarrod Walsh | Keynote Speaker


Jarrod is a communications expert, as the voice of Live Sport in Australia, two decades working on national radio and engaged by brands around the country to communicate their message to key stakeholders, through SpeakGood – he shares his philosophy on communication and connection with you. SpeakGood is not just changing the way people connect and communicate, it is changing lives for the better.

MORNING SESSIONS - note timing is subject to change

07:45 AM - 08:10 AM
08:15 AM - 08:25 AM
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION - Nathan Bennet (TMSA Chairperson)

Brief explanation of the seminar’s purpose and goals with an outline of the programme and schedule.

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Topic: Sand supply and amendments

The learning points:
• Sand supplies and the changes in quarries
• Understanding the important physical properties of sands
• Decision making process for adding amendments
• The importance of testing sands

09:05 AM - 09:35 AM

Topic: Understanding the Science in Cricket Pitch Compaction

The presentation will cover the fundamentals of achieving the best compaction by understanding the changes in soil performance through the changes in moisture content during the preparation.

The use of a Nuclear Density / Moisture meter allows the curator to understand what moisture condition the soil is at during the complete preparation cycle.

09:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Topic: Staff retention | Staff attraction

Ben will talk about "How to build a team that great staff want to be a part of... and keep them!"

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

AGM is open to TMSA financial members and seminar guests.

10:45 AM - 11:10 AM

Networking break.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

AFTERNOON SESSIONS - note timing is subject to change

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
01:00 PM - 01:40 PM

Topic: Converting Kikuyu sportsfields to Tif Tuf Bermuda

Steve will talk about the breeding history of Tif Tuf and the experience of introducing the grass to Victoria over the last seven years with some interesting project highlights and learnings.

Jeremy will then take us on his journey of converting Kikuyu sportsgrounds from Kikuyu to couch grass and why he is now using Tif Tuf in this program. He will discuss why he is doing this and the tips and tricks he has developed along the way.

01:45 PM - 02:30 PM

Topic: The art of communication and connection

Through this engaging, entertaining, and inclusive presentation, Jarrod covers Public Speaking, Leadership, Crisis and Stressful Communication, Nerves & Anxiety, Personal Brand, Preparation and more.

You will leave feeling inspired, motivated, and passionate about ensuring your connections on a personal and professional level are authentic, real and matter.

02:30 PM - 02:40 PM

Review, summarise, feedback.

02:45 PM - 04:00 PM

Networking opportunities.


Member | Sponsor



  • Join by Friday 26 July to receive the reduced Member delegate fee.

Apprentice | Trainee


Sponsor* complimentary

  • Platinum Sponsors - x3 complimentary guests
  • Gold Sponsors - x2 discounted guests ($50 each)


1. Note TMSA is not registered for GST.

2. Payment on invoice only.  Please do not pay in advance.

3. Payment by EFT or credit card (via invoice).

4. Payment must be made by no later than Friday 2 August 2024.

5. If a Purchase Order is required on invoice please include number.


1. Turf Seminar - three complimentary guests 2. Turf Seminar – promotional display – priority for indoor space and outdoor machinery expo 3. Annual industry golf day – hole sponsorship 4. E-News advertisement – quarterly 5. E-News – company logo 6. Website – company logo and link 7. Email signature block – company logo 8. TMSA Events – display of pull up banners 9. Acknowledgement of sponsorship arrangement on Facebook and E-News


1. Annual Turf Seminar – two discounted guests 2. Annual Turf Seminar – promotional display – indoor space and outdoor machinery expo 3. Advertisement in E-News – quarterly 4. Annual industry golf day – hole sponsorship 5. E-News advertisement – quarterly 6. E-News – company logo 7. Website – company logo 8. Acknowledgement of sponsorship arrangement on Facebook and E-News


1. Annual Turf Seminar – promotional display – small indoor space 2. Annual industry golf day – hole sponsorship 3. E-News – company logo 4. Website – company logo


1. Annual industry golf day – hole sponsorship 2. E-News – company logo 3. Website – company logo 4. Acknowledgement of sponsorship arrangement on Facebook and E-News

Must be submitted on the Registration form only.


1. Form is electronic for easy completion.

2. An invoice will be issued once registration has been processed.

3. Non-members who join before Friday 26 July and have their membership approved, will be entitled to the Member delegate fee.

4. Registration deadline:  Friday 2 August 2024.

5. Please note our Cancellation Policy.