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  • Member eNews - February 2017  


  • Queensland Building Plan - Have Your Say

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    As previously advised, LQ Members are encouraged to take the opportunity to provide input into the Queensland Building Plan. This can be done by –

    • attending a consultation session - held throughout Queensland (Feb & March)
    • prepare a written submission (closes 28 Feb)
    • complete an online survey (closes 31 March)

    The plan covers potential reforms across 10 key areas including licensing, security of payment for sub-contractors and Qld Home Warranty Scheme.

     

    Landscape Queensland has submitted feedback on the proposed changes as part of their ongoing consultation with the Department of Housing & Public Works and the QBCC over the past 12 to 18 months.

    Further information will be provided to members as the process continues.


  • Apprentice Wages - Are You Paying the Correct Amount?

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    Members are advised that a recent decision by the full bench of the Fair Work Commission could affect employers who have engaged apprentices. This ruling relates to the payment of apprentices wages and could necessitate a payment of back pay, particularly if you sourced apprentices through a Group Training Organisation.


  • Top 5 Business Roadblocks to Consider for 2017

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    The best intentions of a successful year in business can come undone for a number of different reasons. Now that you have settled back into the swing of things after the holiday break, you should be focusing on what you intend to achieve for 2017. This year, ensure you are aware of the five key things that get in the way of business owners achieving their goals.

  • Timber Retaining Walls

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    Members would often construct timber retaining walls as a quick and cost effective method of dealing with sloping sites particularly on new housing developments.

     

    Walls need to be constructed in quality timber though in order not to fail prematurely. Since there are no Australian standards that cover landscaping timber/sleepers  available timber varies greatly in quality and members should refer to Timber Queensland Technical Data Sheets  #8 Timber Garden Walls (Up to 1M) and #9 Timber Retaining Walls for Residential Applications which are available by logging into the LQ website Thanks to Timber Queensland for provision of this information.


  • Why Digital Marketing Fails - and How to Ensure it SUCCEEDS

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    If there was one element of business which embraced the digital movement from the word 'go' it is that of marketing.

     

    The majority of digital marketing undertaken by businesses tends to fail. In this article written by LQ partner Gibsons Business Consultants, find out why and how to ensure your digital marketing initiatives don't.


  • Advertising for Landscape Industry Contractors & Suppliers

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    LQ partner OUTdoor Design & Living offers 10% off their usual advertising rates to LQ members. This magazine targets homeowners who are serious buyers and are researching their projects now. By offering carefully tailored information aimed at the right target market OUTdoor Design & Living delivers you the right kind of customer at the right time.


  • Management Liability Insurance - Are Your Personal Assets Protected?

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    As a business owner, manager, or board member, you could be deemed personally liable if something goes wrong.

    This can be triggered by relatively minor issue that is deemed to be employee discrimination, unfair dismissal or even Internet liability.

    Obtaining suitable management liability insurance will cover many aspects of your business structure and is designed to protect both your personal and business assets.


  • Small Business Grants - Up to $5,000 Available

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    The Office of Small Business in Queensland is offering matched funding of up to $5,000 for newly started small businesses to they can access professional planning, coaching and training. Such advice is critical in the early phases of establishing a business and having the right structure and processes in place from the start can often give a business the platform it needs to survive the first tough five years..


  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    Members are reminded about LQ/Reece Irrigation Trade Nights next week 

    featuring the scope of latest technology & industry update

    Gold Coast - Monday 6th March

    Sunshine Coast - Tuesday 7th March

    Brisbane - Wednesday 8th March

    4 - 6 pm all locations

    FREE for LQ members

     

    PROTrade Business Success Webinar

    How to Improve Team Performance & Productivity

    Tuesday 28th March

    FREE for LQ members

     

    Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Trade Days - Full list of dates for 2017 Trade Days


  • Domestic Landscaping Contracts

    Contracts
    Domestic Landscaping Contracts
    are now available to download as writeable PDFs from
    Landscape Queensland Website
    Member only area - 
    log in required
    Click here to view the top 10 reason to use the Domestic Landscaping Contracts

  • Costing Guide - Edition 7

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    The Landscape Industry Costing Guide - Edition 7 is packed with information vital to your business you can't afford to be without one - purchase yours today from the LQ website shop.


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    Our approach to work place health and safety had traditionally been to use our common sense in day to
    day work practices and conform with the minimum that was required by law. With the recent
    introduction of the amended WHS laws and the offer of a free information night from Landscape
    Queensland partner Stack Masula, we decided it was time to look at our approach more seriously.


    Like many contractors I’m sure, we had our reservations about the cost to our business and the time it
    would take to implement the required changes. We have a staff of 12, and for our business I estimate
    it took me just one day of my own time, plus two days of a dedicated staff member, and around
    $3,000.00 in costs. There were the expected jokes and rolling of eyes when we first started making
    changes, but talking to staff now it is genuinely appreciated that we talk about safety regularly and
    consider their safety at work a serious issue. It is also a comforting feeling as an employer to know that
    if there is ever an incident at work then you have done what can reasonably be expected to have avoided
    that happening.


    The documentation can be daunting when read in isolation, but in consultation with Stack Masula it can
    be modified to suit individual workplaces (as we have done), so that it does not become a burden.
    I would recommend it to all Landscape Queensland members who haven’t already done so.
    Brett Oakley
    Park Lane Landscapes
     

    Member Benefit Partner Stack Masula have assisted many LQ members to sort through the WHS minefield and keep on top of this important area of running their businesses. For further information on how they can help you contact LQ office on 1300 883 966.


    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.sgDuPL6D.dpuf

    Our approach to work place health and safety had traditionally been to use our common sense in day to
    day work practices and conform with the minimum that was required by law. With the recent
    introduction of the amended WHS laws and the offer of a free information night from Landscape
    Queensland partner Stack Masula, we decided it was time to look at our approach more seriously.


    Like many contractors I’m sure, we had our reservations about the cost to our business and the time it
    would take to implement the required changes. We have a staff of 12, and for our business I estimate
    it took me just one day of my own time, plus two days of a dedicated staff member, and around
    $3,000.00 in costs. There were the expected jokes and rolling of eyes when we first started making
    changes, but talking to staff now it is genuinely appreciated that we talk about safety regularly and
    consider their safety at work a serious issue. It is also a comforting feeling as an employer to know that
    if there is ever an incident at work then you have done what can reasonably be expected to have avoided
    that happening.


    The documentation can be daunting when read in isolation, but in consultation with Stack Masula it can
    be modified to suit individual workplaces (as we have done), so that it does not become a burden.
    I would recommend it to all Landscape Queensland members who haven’t already done so.
    Brett Oakley
    Park Lane Landscapes
     

    Member Benefit Partner Stack Masula have assisted many LQ members to sort through the WHS minefield and keep on top of this important area of running their businesses. For further information on how they can help you contact LQ office on 1300 883 966.


    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.sgDuPL6D.dpuf

  • Landscape Queensland Thanks All Sponsors!

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    Landscape Queensland Board members and Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors.

     

    Please support those businesses which support your Association!


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