Search
Landscape banner enews Feb 2017
  • Member eNews - March 2017  


  • LQ Working for our Industry

    LQ leaf logo

    Industry Advocacy

    Landscape Queensland has had a busy start to the year representing members and the broader landscape industry through our involvement in the Ministerial Construction Committee and the Building Construction & Maintenance Advisory Group. Much of these discussions have been centred around the proposed Qld Building Plan. Submissions have also been made by LQ to the Department of Housing & Public Works in response to the State Governments proposed Qld Building Plan and landscape industry specific licensing related issues.

     

    Industry Training
    LQ has continued an involvement in the Construction Skills Qld training consultation process through our attendance of the Industry Leaders Consultation Seminar. Members can read the CSQ 2017-18 Annual Training Plan for further details. Members are also encouraged to complete the CSQ Annual Industry Survey and provide valuable feedback to industry on your business's training needs.

    Expressions of Interest - LQ Education & Training Committee
    To further tackle training and skills issues in our industry, LQ is now calling on Expressions of Interest from members wanting an involvement in our Landscape Queensland Education and Training Committee. This committee will have a broad scope including reviewing training packages, identifying training needs, discussing training quality issues and considering ways to promote landscaping as a genuine employment option to current school students. To express your interest or to seek further information please email msorby@landscapequeensland.com.au or phone the LQ office on 1300 883 966.


  • Gold Coast Members

    expressions of interest
    We are looking for expressions of interest from Gold Coast members supporting the establishment of a Landscape Queensland Gold Coast Sector Group (LQ GC Sector Group).

    The purpose of this Sector Group is to provide opportunities for members to raise and discuss local issues, receive industry briefing and just catch up with others from the landscape industry on the coast.

    A similar Sector Group has been running on the Sunshine Coast for the past couple of years with positive feedback from members in that region. The LQ SC Group is made up of contractors and suppliers. The Sector Group determines the format of the meetings and how regularly meetings are held. The LQ SC Group meets every 2 to 3 months as an informal gathering or at a scheduled event.


    To support the establishment of a LQ GC Sector Group please complete and submit this short survey.

  • NEW! Landscape Industry Human Resources Tools - LQ member exclusive

    HR Manual cover
    LQ is proud to announce a new member benefit which will assist members understand and comply with their employer obligations and employee management.

    In conjunction with our partners Masula Compliance members now have the opportunity to purchase an industry specific Human Resource Management Manual which provides documentation and support covering your business’s management policies and procedures including templates for use when hiring and firing employees (and everything in between).

    Also available is an Employee Handbook making it easy to set out and communicate your individual company’s employee expectations and obligations.

    Purchase the manual or handbook and support on its correct use will also be provided. Need a full HR review – Masula Compliance can provide that too at member preferred prices. Need answers on wages/hiring/firing employees – just contact the LQ office for further assistance.

  • Timber Decking - Australian Standards

    timber decking
    There are many species of imported timber (decking and flooring in particular) which are using product names similar to Australian timbers for marketing purposes. Pacific Jarrah and Pacific Blackbutt are just a couple.

    Australian Standard AS/NZS 1148 provides a detailed list of botanical and common names for timber species and this standard would be referred to in the event of disputes or litigation. The Australian Timber Flooring Association have published a very useful guide on hardwood species names including cautions when considering alternatives to Australian species

    Thanks to Timber Queensland & The Australian Timber Flooring Association for this article.


  • New Member Benefits Partner - Atlas Equipment Finance

    Atlas

    Landscape Queensland is proud to introduce a new member benefits partner Atlas Equipment Finance who can provide members with access to national fleet discounts you may not otherwise be entitled to. Gain pre-approval for up to $150,000 for motor vehicles, trucks, plant & equipment with NO financials if you can answer YES to 4 easy questions.

     


  • Inspiring the Future - Help Inspire the Next Generation of Landscapers

    inspiring the future

    Inspiring the Future is a campaign aimed at sharing authentic career stories with school students and they would love to have people like you commit just one hour a year to share your career story.

     

    What would you like to share with younger versions of yourself, still in school and facing an uncertain future?

     

    Can you help students appreciate the wealth of current and emerging landscape career opportunities before them and the importance of a good education as a foundation to future success?


  • Volunteer Tradies Needed for Cyclone Clean Up

    qbcc

    Minister for Housing & Public Works, Mick de Brenni, requested the creation of a register of licensed tradespeople to be hosted on the QBCC website which will be used by home and property owners to source tradespeople to perform repairs and rebuilding work whom are registered, experienced in and licensed to handle asbestos and older houses and buildings with structural damage. Members are encouraged to volunteer if they are - all nominees will be vetted by QBCC to ensure only registered and licensed tradespeople are on the register.

     


  • Qld Businesses Under the Microscope Following Workcover Audit

    Insurance House

    650 Queensland businesses were recently audited by WorkCover and the findings revealed that uninsured business accounted for approximately 260 claims in 2015, costing the scheme close to $6.5 million.

    Additionally the audit revealed 15 per cent of employers did not declare superannuation as part of their assessable wages, 8 per cent failed to declare wages paid to contractors, and 3 per cent were uninsured.

    Small businesses in regional and rural parts of the state were more likely to be under-insured or uninsured, a WorkCover spokesperson advised.

    Tony Hawkins, WorkCover Queensland CEO, said that although most businesses have an accident insurance policy with the correct premium, non-compliance remains a concern.

    He went onto say "Any Queensland business who employs a worker is breaking the law if they don't have a WorkCover Accident Insurance policy. It's never too late to start complying and doing so can reduce the costs should a worker be injured.”

    “Uninsured employers who lodge WorkCover claims will be held to account. These businesses will be subject to significant financial penalties, including the cost of the claim which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for severe injuries," said Hawkins.

    Hawkins revealed that WorkCover planned on doing more employer compliance audits this year.
    If you have any questions regarding WorkCover or any other general insurance inquiries please contact Amy Morrison at Insurance House on amy.morrison@ihgroup.com.au or 0417 808 407


  • Reece Irrigation Seminars

    Reece Irrigation

    Thanks to LQ partner Reece Irrigation for hosting the recent series of seminars held on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. LQ Members had the opportunity to see the latest in Smart Irrigation products and learn how this technology can benefit the landscape contractor and their clients. For more information go to www.reece.com.au/irrigation/smart-irrigation or contact your local Reece Irrigation store.


  • Slowing Down to Accomplish More

    protrade

    If you find yourself easily distracted, stressed when under pressure and unable to think clearly then this article by member benefits partner PROTrade United can help you to re focus and prioritise using mindfulness - more than just a buzz word.


  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

     

    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

    Costing Guide front cover

    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
    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!

    ID-100142338

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

     

    Please support those businesses which support your Association!


  •  

     

     


Back Print