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Technigro honoured to win twice at the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence

by Technigro | 06.06.2014
Technigro has been named a Regional Winner twice at the Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) Awards for Excellence. It is a fantastic accomplishment as Technigro were up against competitors, government and industry bodies from across Queensland.

The Awards of Excellence is a prestigious industry recognised program that boasts hundreds of entries from across Australia and is judged by industry peers and specialists.

Winning these regional awards puts Technigro in the running nationally which will certainly amplify the Technigro name, particularly so as they are offered the platform to present at the Annual National Conference held in August. 

PLA recognition is a triumph for any organisation, group or government body that work within the public open space management throughout Australia.  As the vegetation management of sports turf, parks and foreshores are a core part of the Technigro business; the team are honoured to hold these accolades.  Upon accepting the awards at Brisbane City Hall, Technigro’s Business Manager, Nick Bloor, attributed the company’s success to, “Our unrelenting pursuit of excellence, our innovative approach and the high quality of the people we employ”.

PLA is the peak industry body that aims to strengthen communities for the social, environmental, economic and physical wellbeing of Australians.  Receiving these awards certainly endorse the Technigro value of doing the right thing as the submissions outline the sustainable initiatives they developed to manage vegetation in public open spaces with less risk and at a lower cost.

The awards credit Technigro for Research Project, and their widely acclaimed Integrated Vegetation Management Project (IVMP) and for Sustainable Initiatives, Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM). 

The IVMP came about as traditionally, public open spaces have been managed in reactive ways that focus on solving individual problems; IVM provides holistic outcome-based solutions to vegetation management by taking into account all variables and utilising a broad range of tools and processes to deliver sustainable results.

In order to prove this, an innovative collaboration of industry and service delivery organisations, academic professionals and local government institutions undertook the IVMP.  This initiative aimed at developing situation-specific sustainable strategies to improve quality, increase public and operator safety and reduce ongoing maintenance costs and impacts on the environment.  This concept was delivered for the management of mown vegetation in public open spaces in eastern Australia.

The findings from the initial IVMP and from subsequent trials suggested that IVM strategies can provide sustainable outcomes by significantly improving the quality and usability of the public open space, whilst reducing impact on the environment.

The research has also proven important significant financial benefits by reducing the cost of managing these areas and extending the life of the asset. The increase in quality of the managed areas, if implemented correctly, also enhances environmental benefits such as reduced carbon emissions through reduced inputs and reducing the likelihood of weed seed spread.

In essence, the research project proved that using IVM, public open spaces can be managed in the most environmentally sustainable manner producing minimal waste, causing less risk to the public, lengthening the life of the asset and reducing the costs to the customer.

Since the research some of Australia's high profile sporting grounds are managed under IVM programs implemented by the Technigro team of turf professionals.

Mr Bloor states, "There are a myriad of businesses that provide turf services, but very few are as committed to the high levels of innovation to achieve sustainable outcomes as Technigro.”

Technigro recently became part of the Citywide Group of companies. Citywide is a major Australian physical services company providing civil infrastructure, open space and environmental services to government and private enterprise.  Through this collaboration both companies aim to utilise their platforms for innovation to change the landscape of Australia using sustainable initiatives.

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