Landscape Queensland is the peak industry body that represents the interests of the state's landscape and garden maintenance contractors, designers and suppliers of products and services.
Landscape Queensland promotes the importance of landscaping to the liveability of our urban environments and the integral role it must play in the future planning and development of our cities.
Landscape Queensland’s role incorporates the facilitation of professional development opportunities for industry participants covering a range of industry, business management and environmental best practices.
Landscape Queensland informs its members on matters of specific industry need and encourages innovation, education and management to achieve a sustainable enterprise that enhances industry growth and contributes to the overall economic growth of this state.
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Upon acceptance of a person as a member of the Association, the member is deemed to have agreed to comply with the Association's Code of Ethics as listed above.
Landscape Queensland was reborn in 1983 as the Association of Queensland Landscape contractors (AQLA). This rebirth was at the initiative of landscape contractors that included Brian Cheeseman, Ross Kelly, Ross Logan, Jack Lee, Peter Hazeldean and others. For the eight members, concerns were the need for improved standards in workmanship, training, better industry communications and the growing demand for environmentally sensitive practices.
The annual Awards for Landscape Constructional Excellence, then as now was a positive step to address these concerns. At the 2002 Awards a Perpetual Trophy was presented in the presence of many past winners.
An early success for the new Association was participating in the award-winning Australian exhibit at the Liverpool International Garden Festival in 1985. At home, landscaping got a new impetus with construction of sporting venues, new botanical gardens and malls culminating in World Expo 88. Here, over 40 hectares were redeveloped using some 70,000 plants with most of Landscape Queensland's 60 members involved. This year also saw Landscape Queensland sponsor the Landscape Industry of Australia Conference on the Gold Coast.
Early fortunes ebbed and flowed depending on large overseas financed developments. State government developments such as the make over of the Expo 88 site into Southbank and city council initiatives helped keep a core of 75 members busy. Landscaping of residential developments opened up new opportunities for creativity.
Today, the international connection continues with members participating in a trade mission to China (PRC). With a widening of the membership base to cover the total landscape industry Landscape Queensland members are served by an Executive Officer, Secretariat and two full time officers covering Industry Development and Industry Communications. These initiatives and the introduction of the Certified Landscape Professional scheme augur well for Landscape Queensland's future.
Acknowledgement - Much of the above has been sourced from articles by Honorary Member, Donna Clare Tyman that first appeared in Landscape Australia.
Landscape Queensland has affilliations with the following industry related professional bodies: