The Annual Lawn Solutions Australia (LSA) Conference was recently held over 2 days on the Gold Coast.
Over these 2 days, Australia’s largest group of turf specialists came together to hear from turf industry suppliers, international guests and inspirational speakers.
Day 1 – Field Trip to Jimboomba Turf Group hosted by owner Lynn Davidson
The LSA field day consisted of several equipment demonstrations from our industry partners, as well as an on-farm presentation by guest speaker and world-renowned Zoysia breeder David Doguet. Everyone also enjoyed a tour of Jimboomba Turf’s farming operation, which is one of the largest in Australia. With special interest being shown in the new turf varieties Sir Grange and TifTuf.
With attendance around 200, this was one of the largest field days seen in the Australian turf industry.
Day 2 – LSA Conference at the Mantra on View Hotel
The 2018 Lawn Solutions Australia conference welcomed guest speakers, Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, Comedian, actor and writer Anh Do and renowned American MC Tommy Dean. The day also included a host of other speakers talking all things marketing, new grass varieties and what the next 12 months and beyond holds for the Lawn Solutions Australia and the turf industry.
The Lawn Solutions Australia Awards dinner followed in the evening with Lawn Solutions Australia ambassador Jason Hodges hosting the evening. Our MC Tommy Dean also returned to entertain the audience performing his hilarious stand-up comedy.Peter Kirby, from Adama attended as one of the major Industry Sponsors and had this to say;
“I attend a large number of conferences within my role at Adama, and I believe that the Lawn Solutions Australia conferences sets the standard for the rest of the industry to aspire to, when it comes to quality speakers, organisation and overall professionalism of the event. Great work to all involved”.
From Lawn Solutions Australia member The Turf farm, Tracey Daniel;
“Thank you to the Lawn Solutions Australia group for hosting an awesome conference and field day on the sunny Gold Coast. Our team has been inspired with the knowledge shared by speakers and industry partners alike and we feel excited for the future of the turf industry.
It was invaluable to visit a likeminded farm such as Jimboomba Turf surrounded by other family based, industry leaders to talk about our successes and challenges within the industry. It was an excellent opportunity for peer support and inspiration as farming is in our blood and we are all travelling down the same road together. The guest speakers: Anh Do and Kurt Fearnley, were excellent in giving us perspective and encouragement on both our professional and personal journeys. Afterwards, we loved being able to let our hair down at the awards dinner and sharing a story and a drink (or two) bonded us together further as a team. Overall the 2018 LSA conference renewed our passion for creating a place where families make memories, while having a few ourselves along the way.”
Overall it was a tremendous event on the Gold Coast, with a host of people travelling from all over Australia, New Zealand and from the US to attend. Lawn Solutions Australia would like to thank everyone who attended, performed and spoke at the conference, with special thanks to Lynn and Carolyn Davidson for hosting the field day at Jimboomba Turf and the evening at Towri Sheep Cheeses.
Simon Adermann – National Business Manager
M 0412 382 396