MEDIA RELEASE 2 June 2005
The drought resistant, no-water lawn
As turns up the water restrictions a notch, a drought resistant, no-water lawn
is being installed across the nation.
The synthetic lawn, which looks like natural grass, has been installed in
backyards, schools, childcare centres, nursery displays and host of other
applications across Australia as residents consider other options to conserve
Roxburgh Homestead Primary School in Roxburgh Park, Melbourne, installed the 300
square metre Pro-tech lawn as an alternative to the dying grass.
Principal Darrell Lynch says that it a nice surprise for students returning from
“The drought had a major impact on our grass, which was starting to look bald
and patchy, but now the colour is lovely and green. The courtyard is a quiet
retreat area for students, which contains beautiful blossom trees and where we
have also re-planted the garden beds.
“The children have been sitting on the grass and love it. They now have
somewhere nice where they can sit and chat,” Lynch said.
Mr Lynch said that the Pro-tech lawn, which only took a couple of days to
install, has made a huge impact on the look of the school.
“We have had wonderful feedback from the school community. We like to take pride
in our school and when we installed the lawn it was like an instant makeover. It
is very pleasant, looks extremely natural and doesn’t have to be mown. Other
schools in the northern regions had installed synthetic lawns and we had heard
positive things about it.
“We looked at a couple of different lawns and the Pro-tech lawn was the most
natural looking, that is why we went with this one,” he said.
Bill Rorke, Managing Director of Pro-tech Corp said that many people around
Australia have already installed the lawn because it is a great alternative to
grass or paving.
“We also believe that the lawn is an excellent way for houses to comply with
eco-friendly water restrictions.
“The product is porous, with water draining straight through to the ground
beneath, is completely safe for pets and people and last ten years with no
maintenance,” said Rorke.
The lawn is based on a unique European concept, which has been brought to
Australia by Pro-tech, which uses the process of ‘fibrillation’ to split the
fibres and give the lawn the grass-like look and feel.
Pro-tech, the company that brought the synthetic lawns to Australia also
installs professional synthetic golf putting greens. One was recently installed
in the front yard of Australian golf champion Peter O’Malley
Pro-tech lawns and putting greens are available nation-wide. Pro-tech is owned
by Bill Rorke, a former Australian international soccer player.
Released for Pro-tech Corp by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information please call Fiona Pennington
on (02) 9413 4244.