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BCOIR October 27, 2021 0 Comments

NSW Chief Scientist to investigate synthetic turf

Dear friends of BCO,

We have some important news that we want to share with you.

On Friday afternoon, Rob Stokes the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, released his much awaited report into the use of synthetic alternatives to natural turf in public open spaces.

Minister Stokes commissioned the study in response to community concerns about urban heat, and environmental and social impacts of synthetic surfaces.

The Natural Grass at Bob Campbell Assoc made a submission into the review.

In response to the announcement of the Review,  Lane Cove Councillors voted unanimously at their 17 May Council meeting as follows:-

“Council commit to complying with the outcomes NSW Government’s Review of Synthetic Turf Sports Fields”.

Click here to read the report

With the release of the report yesterday, Minister Stokes and the Department of Planning and Public Spaces issued the following statement:

“Synthetic turf has become increasingly popular for use on sporting fields in recent years,” said Mr Stokes. “But there are significant concerns within the community about its use and councils need consistent guidelines that address the pros and cons”.

“I have asked the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer to further investigate the impacts, and any alternatives that can be used in our parks and public spaces to support development of the state’s first set of guidelines.”

Click here to read the statement

The outcome of the Minister’s review is that the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will now formally investigate the impacts of synthetic turf.

We expect our Council to honour their unanimous 17 May resolution.

Martin Cunningham
President 
Natural Grass at Bob Campbell Inc.

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