Draft Guidelines – Synthetic Turf in Public Open Spaces

In October 2021, the NSW Department of Planning released the Synthetic Turf Study in Public Open Space report (PDF, 5.4 MB), which highlighted the benefits and limitations of using synthetic surfaces in public open space. Click here to view the report

The government then asked the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer to provide advice on potential risks to the environment and human health from the use of synthetic turf in public open space in NSW, and to assess alternative approaches and technologies. Click here to view the report

A key recommendation from the NSW Chief Scientist was for the publication of guidelines to assist decision-makers, planners and sports field managers who may be considering synthetic turf as an alternative to natural grass.

In March 2024 , the NSW Government published its Draft Guidelines for Decision Makers – on Synthetic Turf in Public Open Spaces.

You can view the draft guidelines and have your say by 29th April 2024.

CLICK HERE to view the draft guidelines and make your submission.

Contact the NTA if you’d like further feedback on the draft guidelines and suggested response to the NSW Government

CLICK HERE to view documents relating to the draft guidelines