As previously advised, LQ Members are encouraged to take the opportunity to provide input into the Queensland Building Plan. This can be done by –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Trade Days - Full list of dates for 2017 Trade Days
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.
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
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.
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.
Landscape Queensland Board members and Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors.
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