On Friday 23rd June 2023, the NTA is running a COMMUNITY FORUM on synthetic vs natural turf with support from Kristyn Haywood and community groups. Leading scientists and experts discussed the health, safety and environmental risks of synthetic turf and presented compelling evidence for the use of natural turf as the best choice for players, the environment and the community.
Synthetic turf has become ubiquitous in both public and private settings, and there is interest in understanding the impacts of materials used in its installation. In November 2021, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, (then) Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, requested the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (CSE) provide expert advice on the use of synthetic turf in public open space in NSW.
Following the Terms of Reference, the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer (OCSE) has completed its independent review (the Review). To inform the Review, OCSE has drawn on available data and research, commissioned expert analysis, and undertaken consultation with key stakeholders and experts.