October 13, 2016
Lawn Solutions Australia, the country’s leading national group of accredited turf growers, joined Plant Health Australia (PHA) as an associate member from 1 October 2016.
PHA is the not-for-profit coordinator of the industry-government plant biosecurity partnership in Australia.
PHA Executive Director and CEO Greg Fraser, welcomed the group, saying Lawn Solution’s membership strengthens PHA.
“Our main purpose is to facilitate an effective biosecurity partnership between government and industry in order to minimise the impact of plant pests on Australia,” Mr Fraser said.
“Lawn Solutions coming on board broadens and strengthens that partnership.”
Mr Fraser said that the turf industry had a lot to gain from good biosecurity.
“This group relies on a reputation as a supplier of weed- and pest-free turf,” he said.
“Becoming an associate member of PHA will help the industry secure its reputation in this regard and promote best-practice in minimising biosecurity incursions both on-farm and on-site.”
Lawn Solutions Australia Business Manager Simon Adermann echoed Mr Fraser’s remarks, saying that in joining PHA the turf group was keen to embrace measures that helped their growers keep abreast of latest legislation and remain pest and disease free.
“Red imported fire ant, spiralling whitefly, electric ants and green snails are just some of the pests that have prompted recent biosecurity restrictions put in place for turf production and distribution,” Mr Adermann said.
“Unchecked these kinds of things could do a lot of damage on-farm and into the wider-community.”
“Our association with PHA will help us to keep our AusGAP turf accreditation program up-to-date. Entry and exit of people and machinery on our member’s turf farms and job sites are just some things we want to keep our eye on,” he explains.
“It’s our goal to be more than the best turf growers. We want professional operations that provide quality and service that exceeds industry and community expectations,” he went on to say.
With Lawn Solutions joining PHA the organisation now has 48 members in total – all Australian governments, 38 industries plus 10 associate members.