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Kenton Boyd - Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, NSW

2008 AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award winner Kenton BoydBefore a sod was even turned at Magenta Shores Golf and Country in NSW, environmental stewardship has been a principal guiding element. In his role as golf course manager, Kenton Boyd, winner of the Syngenta-sponsored 2008 AGCSA 2008 Claude Crockford Environmental Award, has embodied that ethos from construction through to its day-to-day maintenance.

Located approximately 110km north of Sydney between The Entrance and Norah Head, Magenta Shores is surrounded by Wyrrabolong National Park on the northern boundaries which incorporate pockets of littoral rainforest and banksia woodland. On the Eastern perimeter the site is bordered by Tuggerah Beach and a coastal protection zone which has approximately 2.1km of beachfront regenerated, including the removal of bitou bush and replanting of endemic species. The southern end of the site was an existing garbage tip which was capped and sand lined while the western boundary is bordered by Tuggerah Lake.

The site is environmentally sensitive given its close proximity to all these adjoining natural areas as well as being located above a groundwater aquifer which flows toward Tuggerah Lake. The littoral rainforest and banksia woodland areas are an important corridor for the Magenta lillypilly.

Boyd, together with Mirvac and Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club, has been strongly committed to the protection of the environment and recycling of resources which can be clearly demonstrated through the course’s development and ongoing systems of management. One of Boyd’s key recommendations has been the implementation of the e-par environmental management system which was completed in 2006 along with the development of a club policy, employee manual and induction.

Native Flora
Regeneration of the landscape zones which border the site as well as the golf course edges landscape which buffers the housing and golf course precincts has been a strong focus over the past three years which Boyd has been directly involved in. Boyd has managed bush regeneration works along the golf course buffers and implemented further landscape planting on the course with the maintenance team.

Regeneration works involve the ongoing removal of bitou bush, lantana, acacia saligna and minor weed species from the littoral rainforest, banksia woodland and course edges.  Areas are replanted with endemic species through direct seeding and tubestock planting, some of which has been propagated on site. To date large pockets of bitou bush have been removed from the littoral rainforest buffer and replanted with endemic plant species. Ongoing maintenance is being carried out on a monthly basis.

An ongoing programme of weed removal has been carried out in the golf course edges landscape. A team of three staff under Boyd’s direction has been responsible for the mulching, planting and establishment of 75,000 native grasses, tubestock and additional direct seeding of native endemic plants since August 2006.

The coastal protection zone and frontal dunes which adjoin Tuggerah Beach have had bitou bush removed, reshaped and revegetated with spinifex and carpobrotus.  Direct seeding and planting of coastal banksia, tea tree and coastal wattle tubestock has also been carried out since 2005.

Native Fauna
To date the main protection measures put in place have been to maintain some dead banksia trunks for native animals and birds to utilise.  As part of the decision-making process the effects on native fauna are taken into account to protect the native brown snake, red-bellied black snake, bandicoot and an array of birdlife.

Contact has been made with the local Landcare group to monitor and document bird species which are starting to revisit the site.   The native corridors along the northern boundaries are important for the protection of the native fauna.

A number of measures have been implemented during the development and ongoing maintenance of Magenta Shores to protect the native flora and fauna including:
• GPS marking of littoral rainforest and banksia woodland areas to limit earthworks and protect remnant vegetation;
• Installation of silt fencing along littoral rainforest and banksia woodland corridors to protect areas and provide a clear border;
• Native grass planting of lomandra and dianella sp along buffer areas between the golf course on holes 8, 13 and 14 to prevent encroachment of non-desirable grasses into native vegetation areas;
• Setout and installation of irrigation heads to ensure water was thrown away from sensitive vegetation areas, as well as ongoing audits; and
• Implementation of a groundwater monitoring programme to monitor affects on the aquifer.

Environmental Initiatives
Boyd has also been instrumental in recommending a number of environmental initiatives which were adopted in the design and construction of the course maintenance facility as well as the procurement of equipment which include:
• The installation of rainwater tanks which capture and store 125,000l of stormwater from the maintenance facility roof.  The water is reused for toilet flushing, washdown and chemical filling;
• Procurement and installation of a Waterstax WSR1000D bioremediation washdown and treatment system which recycles washdown water for re-use.  The four-stage system was the first to be installed in Australia, including a custom-built washdown area;
• Installation of a mono-pump and closed sump system on the chemical mixing bay to contain spills and allow pump out of materials without having to install containment tanks;
• Procurement of John Deere E-Gator electric utility vehicles for transport around the golf course to minimise noise and air issues; and
• Procurement of Greenmach tree chipper to recycle tree waste onsite and use for mulch.

Boyd has also played an important role in the management and use of tertiary treated effluent from Wyong Shire Council. Among the requirements and programmes implemented include regular soil and water testing, training and implementation of OH&S measures for staff handling recycled water and the implementation of a groundwater monitoring programme to monitor the effects of cultural practices.

Boyd has also taken particular care to ensure all staff understand their environmental responsibilities and the procedures developed through joint consultation.  Part of that has included e-par founder Terry Muir conducting a number of information sessions onsite to ensure all staff appreciate the EMS and the potential benefits to the industry and local environment.

Boyd has also organised a number of training initiatives to develop staff awareness and skills for the protection of the environment which include:
• Spill response training through Bullbeck Environmental Solutions;
• Chemcert accreditation for 12 staff in 2007; and
• Site Pro Training for programming of irrigation system;