A new hybrid turf system is being trialled

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A new hybrid turf system is being trialled at a Sutherland Shire sporting facility in the hope of achieving a consistent playing surface all year round.

Sutherland Shire Council is collaborating with Sutherland Shire Football Association to trial the hybrid grass system on one of the lower field goal areas at Harrie Dening Football Centre at Kareela.

The hybrid surface consists of synthetic grass that is stitched into natural turf.

The approach has proven to deliver considerably more playing hours than traditional grass fields – especially high-traffic areas like goal mouths and cricket pitches.

Maintenance costs of the hybrid fields are also significantly lower than full synthetic facilities.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, said this new hybrid grass system would mean that more games could be played on the field, increasing the field use capacity without as much damage to the grass.

“Sport is such a strong part of our local identity and with increasing demand placed on our playing fields, Council is committed to supporting the continued use of our parks and reserves to meet the needs of our growing population,” Cr Pesce said.

“We have already been working hard to help our playing fields stand up to the pressure by planting stronger types of grass, utilising better maintenance practices and installing irrigation systems and this new hybrid system should be incredibly beneficial.

“By bringing together synthetic and natural turf, sporting fields will be able to withstand considerably more playing hours each year and recovery time for the grass will be much faster,” Mayor Pesce added.

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