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A key objective of the Environmental Initiative is to provide an "Internet Hub" whereby Turf Managers can gain access to information on a wide range of environmental issues which are relevant to Australian golf and Australian golf courses. This Resource Section covers a range of topics (as outlined below), with each section including links to; Case Studies, Relevant Articles, Research Information and  Publications and Websites.

The basis of the information supplied in this Resources Section is taken from the 2003 document entitled;

                 
  IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMETAL MANAGEMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES GOLF COURSES
 

Authored by the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Assoiciation (AGCSA) in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with funding from the Urban Stormwater Education Program this significant publication covers topics such as  

Whilst specific to NSW, the vast majority of environmental management principles outlined in IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMETAL MANAGEMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES GOLF COURSES are also applicable to golf clubs and golf courses across the country and across the globe.

  

                         IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES GOLF COURSES  

Authors
John Neylan – Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association
New South Wales Environment Protection Authority

Acknowledgements
This information for golf courses was published by the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW (DECC), which incorporates the NSW Environmental Protection Authority. The manual was first published in a hardcopy folder format by the Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) in 2003

Published by:
Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW
59–61 Goulburn Street, Sydney
PO Box A290
Sydney South 1232
Ph: (02) 9995 5000 (switchboard)
Ph: 131 555 (environment information and publications requests)
Ph: 1300 361 967 (national parks information and publications requests)
Fax: (02) 9995 5999
TTY: (02) 9211 4723
Email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.environment.nsw.gov.au

© Copyright Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW.
DECC is pleased to allow this material to be reproduced in whole or in part, provided the meaning is unchanged and the source is acknowledged.

In April 2007, the name of the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW) changed to the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW.

DECC 2007/588
ISBN 978 1 74122 658 4
Published December 2007
Front cover photograph: Nelson Bay Golf Club, courtesy of Frouke de Reuver

Disclaimer
This guide provides information relevant at the time of publication. It is not a regulatory document and does not provide legal advice. If you need more information regarding legal obligations, consult a lawyer, the legislation, DECC or your local Council.

While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the contents of this guide are factually correct, DECC does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents and is not liable for any loss or damage that may occur directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this guide.

INTRODUCTION

This educational reference manual has been produced by the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) and the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) with funding from the Urban Stormwater Education
Program through the Stormwater Trust. The Urban Stormwater Education Program aims to educate the community, industry, local councils and other stakeholders about ways to reduce urban stormwater pollution. It is a key component of the Urban
Stormwater Program and the NSW Government’s Waterways Package, which address the issues of water quality management and water pollution.

The turf industry is an industry which was identified by the Urban Stormwater Education Program as one with the potential to impact negatively on urban stormwater. Golf courses are a key sector of the turf industry with approximately 450 golf courses in NSW. If managed well, golf courses can provide many environmental benefits such as stripping urban stormwater of contaminants and nutrients and providing native wildlife corridors in congested urban environments. If managed badly
however, golf courses can be sources of nutrient and chemical run-off causing pollution of waterways and can lead to the degradation of indigenous flora and fauna habitats.

In 2000 the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association indicated a desire to educate its members on improving environmental management practices on golf courses. A project was developed with the Association to write an educational
reference manual and to conduct a number of training workshops around NSW. The manual and workshops would address the key environmental issues for golf course management such as water management, pesticides and fertiliser management and other related practices.

This education manual is based on a manual developed by the AGCSA and the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency in 2001. It has been adapted for the NSW context by the NSW DECC with the permission of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.

The second part of the education project consisted of four training workshops which were conducted in July 2002 at Camden Lakeside Golf and Country Club, Long Reef Golf Club, Nelson Bay Golf Club and Coffs Harbour Golf Club. These training workshops were conducted by the AGCSA and the NSW DECC with input from local councils and industry experts.

The AGCSA and the DECC hope that golf course superintendents and their staff will be able to implement better environmental management practices on their courses as a result of this two-pronged information and training project.