We just love this time of the year at LQ Awards HQ - looking at all the fabulous projects our members have completed in recent months reminds us all of the power of landscaping. A building is just a building, a house just a house - but when you add the LANDSCAPING the project really comes to life.
If you've completed a project since 30 June 2015 it can still be entered in this year's awards. Categories include construction, design, maintenance and training - so what are you waiting for? Get recognised, get involved and tap into the marketing opportunities surrounding this prestigious event.
The State Government has recently announced a number of key housing and infrastructure spending projects in both Metropolitan and Regional areas across the State. Members should consider registering for Qtender if they have not already done so which will keep you in the loop regarding upcoming Government work opportunities. www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/
The Housing Construction Jobs Program Expressions of Interest (EOI) is now available on Qtenders. The EOI is seeking proposals from the market for small, medium and large scale projects to deliver an increased and diverse supply of social and affordable housing over the next ten years.
To hear more about the Housing Strategy and the opportunities available in the Housing Construction Jobs Program EOI, please register to attend the Developers, Builders and Housing Providers’ Breakfast sessions at http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/housingstrategy/Events/Pages/default.aspx
Changes to superannuation for both businesses and employees were announced as part of the recent Federal Budget.
Click on the read more button below for a summary of the changes provided by LQ Partner CBUS Super. Full details can be accessed via a link in their article.
Members are reminded of the importance of following best practice when constructing timber decks close to the ground in order to avoid 'cupping' of timber which can occur when there is insufficient ventilation as too much moisture is taken up into the underside of the battens. Decks in full sun exposure and/or dark colours can be more prone to this effect. Further information and recommended Australian Standards can be found in the member only area of the LQ website - Technical Data folder. Thank you to Timber Qld for provision of this information.
Landscape Queensland would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new members who have joined in recent months:-
Construct Law Group, David North Landscape Consultancy, Escape Outdoor Concepts Pty Ltd, Godden Landscaping, Greg Shepherd Landscaping Pty Ltd, Keens Horticulture Pty Ltd, Nathan Mackay Landscaping, Odyssey Landscapes, Qld Small Business Courses Pty Ltd, Scott Morrisby Structural Landscaping, T & H Levai Pty Ltd, The Landscaper, Westwood Environmental Management & Training, Whole Yards Pty Ltd and WPC Group.
Did you know that you can save time AND money by using the services of LQ Member Benefits Partners?
From petrol discounts to insurance, WHS and industrial relations matters we've got you covered. Check out the full range of services on offer on the LQ website.
LQ is pleased to advise members of the recent appointment of Kylie Chenery to the LQ Team. As a Membership Services officer, Kylie will assist to provide members with relevant industry information, back up and support. Kylie is an experienced operator with a passion for customer service. Please feel free to contact Kylie or Julie at the LQ office should you require any information or assistance.
You work hard in your business, spending hours a week on the tools, yet somehow you just don't seem to be getting ahead financially. Does this sound like you?
Unfortunately, the reality as a business owner is that over the lifetime of a business, 40% of businesses consistently lose money, 30% just breakeven and only about 30% make marginal profits.
The main reason that most small businesses close their door is lack of financial sustainability. Ensure that you are not making the mistakes below and if you are, puts some steps in place to fix them as soon as possible.
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Trade Days - Full list of dates for 2017 Trade Days
Qld Garden Expo - 7-9 July 2017 Nambour Show Grounds
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Green Expo is being held on the Gold Coast 25 & 26 July 2017
Fraser Coast Regional Council - Sustainable Agriculture Forum is being held in Maryborough 25 - 27th September 2017
Green Urban Scape Asia - International Exhibition and Conference on Landscape, Greenery Design, Construction and Technology, Returns for its Third Edition on 9 – 11 November 2017 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre
Irrigation Australia - International Conference 13 - 15 June 2018 Sydney
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.
Please support those businesses which support your Association!