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Toro Signs on as Environment Foundation Principal Partner

5 December 2008
Toro Australia has provided further impetus for the recently formed Australian Golf Environment Foundation (AGEF) after announcing this week it has signed on as a principal partner. One of the turf industry’s most innovative and progressive companies, Toro has committed a substantial five-figure sum to the foundation and becomes the second principal partner to back the AGCSA-driven initiative.

“The golf industry is an important part of our business and the relationship we have with superintendents is key to this,” says Cameron Russell, Manager Commercial Business Unit for Toro Australia. “By supporting the Australian Golf Environment Foundation Toro hopes to help golf course superintendents achieve their environmental management goals to ensure a more sustainable future not only for the golf course maintenance industry but for the game of golf in general.

“The environment is a huge issue for any business at present and it makes sense to invest in environmental programmes. We look forward to working with the AGCSA, the foundation and Australian superintendents in the marketplace to help promote golf as an environmentally friendly sport and one that the public associate with excellence in environmental management.”

The additional backing of Toro, which is also a principal partner of the AGCSA’s Water Initiative, means a number of key research initiatives identified by the foundation’s advisory board, headed by AGCSA board member and Royal Sydney Golf Club superintendent John Odell, will be fulfilled.

One such project currently underway is a detailed literature review to compile existing information that relates to golf courses and the environment and to identify gaps in information that will require further research. This project is being undertaken by eminent turf industry expert Peter McMaugh together with Dr Ross Higginson and the findings will be published in Australian Turfgrass Management in 2009.

AGCSA general manager John Neylan says that having Toro as a principal partner is a tremendous fillip and will enable the foundation to achieve a number of its environmental objectives going forward.