Steve Cole – General Manager – Lilydale Instant Lawn

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. 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. Steve is trade certified and has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science - Turf Management.

Jeremy Cutajar – Manager Maroondah Golf Courses and Sportsfields – Maroondah

Topic – How to build a team that great staff want to be a part of...and keep them!  Ben Gibson is an experienced golf and sports turf industry leadership coach, systems specialist and presenter.  Ben 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


SpeakGood is not just changing the way people connect and communicate, it is changing lives for the better. Jarrod Walsh 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.  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.