Synthetic Grass Specialists Recommend New Standards

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Synthetic grass specialists, Green Planet Grass are urging local government authorities in Western Australia to establish installation and product standard guidelines to assist householders who want to install artificial turf on verges.

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Professionally installed Australian-made synthetic grass has proved a high quality option for these councils, enabling significant savings on irrigation and maintenance that can be passed on to rate payers.

Having installed more than 4,000 synthetic lawns across Western Australia since 2008, including verges and popular public leisure surfaces, Perth’s leading synthetic grass suppliers say there is a clear need for local government authorities to make better informed decisions to protect home owners’ choices.

Setting reasonable standards that suppliers and installers must adhere to would help protect consumer rights and prevent the wide disparity in council policies that leads to uncertainty for Perth residents.

“We have installed synthetic grass verges for numerous local authorities from the City of Melville to the Shire of Lake Grace and those authorities have been thoroughly satisfied,” said Jeff Dennis, managing director of Green Planet Grass. “Professionally installed Australian-made synthetic grass has proved a high quality option for these councils, enabling significant savings on irrigation and maintenance that can be passed on to rate payers.

“However, a small number of councils have prevented householders using synthetic grass on verges on the basis of inaccurate information. This is not surprising given that synthetic lawns are still relatively new to WA but quality product and installation standards, which would need to be met by the property owner and installer, could provide valuable guidelines for householders who want to make choices about the way they present their property.”

Mr Dennis insisted that properly installed synthetic lawns are highly permeable and therefore do not create rainwater run-off issues, and do not cause any kind of trip hazard.

Standards that councils could consider include the use of base materials with optimum permeability, approved high quality edging systems, and using only recyclable products.

“It is important that there is a properly informed debate about synthetic grass as these products are playing a growing role in our changing economy, providing new employment opportunities,” Mr Dennis said.

Synthetic grass eliminates the need to water lawns and stops any requirement to use chemical pesticides and fertilisers, which can leach into rivers as pollutants. Unfortunately, it seems that some major benefits of synthetic grass have been overlooked and we are keen to redress the balance.”

Green Planet Grass would welcome the opportunity to meet with local government authorities to
discuss viable measures which would ensure confidence for home owners and councils relating to
synthetic grass installation on verges.

The company use 100 per cent recycled materials for their infill and the lawn can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. In addition, the company’s lawn products are manufactured below the lowest reportable corporation threshold of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007.

“Although we have no mandatory reporting obligations in the foreseeable future, we plan to
continue to monitor and reduce our carbon footprint,” Mr Dennis added.

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