The ACT Cricket Association are pleased to announce Tom Fahey has been appointed as Head Curator of Manuka Oval and EPC Solar Park following the news last month that Brad van Dam will be stepping down from his beloved role.

After 13-years leading the pitch preparation at one of Australia’s most picturesque boutique grounds and 30-years overall in the industry, Brad van Dam has provided guidance and leadership to some of the best emerging curators in the country.

One of the notable standouts was Fahey, who worked alongside van Dam for two years between 2016-2018 as Manuka Oval’s second in charge before making the move up the highway to accept his current role of Assistant Curator at the prestigious Sydney Cricket Ground.

With more than 11-years’ experience in the turf management industry, Fahey beat a strong field of applicants to replace van Dam.

An apprenticeship at Melbourne’s Green Acres Golf Course in 2009 kick-started his impressive career to date, which has also included a stint at the famous All England Tennis Club as groundsman during Wimbledon in 2013.  

“Everything I have done in my career to date has been in preparation to hopefully become a Head Curator,” said Fahey.


I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to leading a young team and showcasing our skills to produce great playing surfaces.


“Brad (van Dam) has taught me so much over the years and is always just a phone call away ready to give me advice and help me become the curator I am today. I plan to ensure we continue to keep these world class standards in place and look forward to putting my own spin on things alongside the amazing foundation he gave me.”


Brad van Dam said “I’m extremely proud and honoured to see a former 2IC of mine take on this role. Tom was here for two years and during that time he really developed his skills as a curator and manager, which lead him moving on to the SCG,”

“Since leaving Cricket ACT and moving to the SCG his development as a Turf Manager has flourished and he has gained valuable experience. As assistant curator Tom has been exposed to many different sports and the associated pressures when leading a team of ten to deliver the SCG surface week in week out, and this will no doubt give him the confidence to take over the reins.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, “The ACT Government, Venues Canberra and the Manuka Oval team would like to congratulate Tom Fahey on his appointment as Head Curator,”

“We warmly welcome Tom back to Canberra after his time in Sydney and look forward to Tom bringing his invaluable skills and experience back to Manuka Oval.

“We look forward to working closely with Tom and Cricket ACT to continue to deliver world class events to the ACT.”

Fahey will officially commence in the role on the 27th April.