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Developing a national standard for turf as an erosion control measure (TU13034)

Key research provider: GED Advisory
Publication date: Monday, August 14, 2017

What was it all about?

Uncontrolled erosion and sediment discharge can degrade aquatic environments in creeks, streams, rivers and the coastal margin, and have an adverse effect on marine systems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

This project developed an Australian Standard for the use of turf in erosion control in construction management, completed works such as buildings, roads, waterways, and mining, and any other situations where turf may assist in erosion control.

The new standard was published by Standards Australia on June 30, 2017 as AS 5181:2017, Use and installation of turf as an erosion, nutrient and sediment control measure.

Providing requirements for the use and installation of turf as an erosion, nutrient and sediment control measure, as well as guidance on selection of turf species, the standard is now able to be promoted for use in natural resource development, civil engineering and property development projects.


More information can be found by searching on the Standards Australia website.

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Funding statement:
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation

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