STRI Australia opened in 2013 and is based at The Redlands Research Facility in Cleveland, Queensland which is located on the picturesque Gold Coast.
As in the UK, our team in Australia provide the same first class consultancy, sports surface design and research services to clients. In 2015 we welcomed the highly experienced and professional team at Melbourne based SportsTurf into the STRI Group.
From the regional Head Office at Redlands, we provide specialist advice to sports facilities and local councils throughout Australia, as well as further afield throughout Asia Pacific including, China.
Our Australian team will be able to help you by offering agronomic consultancy or supporting you with your renovation programme. Our team offers project management for any large-scale developments, sports surface design and can undertake a performance assessment of your sports facility.
The team is currently working with a number of councils to help improve sports surfaces. As well as offering agronomic consultancy to various golf courses.
In 2014, STRI was appointed as official pitch consultants for the AFC Asian Cup, working with the LOC (Local Organising Committee) and the FFA (Football Federation of Australia) to deliver first class tournament pitches.
Research at Redlands
Our team in Australia conduct sports turf research trials to improve the management and maintenance of turf. Much of the research team’s energy is put into progressing the development of cutting-edge technologies for the benefit of the global sports industry.
The Redlands Research facility includes a number large shade houses and nurseries, machinery sheds, and regulated chemical and fertiliser storage. Of the sixty-two hectares, thirty-three hectares include a wildlife corridor, where it is not uncommon to find wallabies and koalas.
STRI Australia is currently running a number of research programs over 5 large plot areas with varying levels of exposure to the local climate. Everything from the effectiveness of pesticides, water management technology, use of new turf grass cultivars and soil amendments is being monitored.
The facility was purchased by the Queensland Government in November of 1948 with an initial 8.5 hectares. Further land purchases were made in 1953 (43.5 hectares) and in 1958 (12.4 hectares). The Redlands Research Facility currently has over 62 hectares of research space which is leased to a number of private and public research companies, including the STRI Group.