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  • Domestic Landscaping Contracts Workshop - 2 Down & 2 To Go!

    Contracts

    Against a backdrop of continuous improvement we are currently reviewing the popular LQ Domestic Landscaping Contracts. As part of this process members have been encouraged to attend a workshop designed in part to further tweak clauses and refine useability to the uniqueness of our industry.

    Members who attended the recently completed Sunshine Coast and Brisbane North events have found the evenings very enlightening regardless of their perceived level of knowledge on the use and completion of contract documents. 

    It's not too late to register for the Gold Coast & Brisbane South events

    Gold Coast Tuesday 6 June, 5 - 7pm Wallaby Hotel, 45 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
    Brisbane Sth Thursday 15 June, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Holland Park Hotel, 945 Logan Rd, Holland Park


     


  • It's Awards Season!

    LQ Leaf
    The 2017 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards will be launched in early June and the excitement is already building. This Awards Program celebrates and acknowledges the quality and ingenuity of our industry. So get involved and join the best of the best in landscaping as we showcase the talents of our LQ members.

    Haven't entered before? Don't worry - the entry process is straightforward and can be completed electronically. If you have any queries along the way the team at LQ Awards HQ are there to assist you.

    Entries open early June and close 28 July. Judging is undertaken in early September and the winners are announced at our 'famous' Landscape Industry Gala Dinner 4 November 2017 at the Brisbane Hilton.

    Food, drinks, entertainment and lucky door prizes including a weekend away for 2 to Tangalooma Island Resort (valued at over $1000) are all part of the evening.

    Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your outstanding projects - winning a category, becoming a finalist or achieving highly commended are all valuable marketing tools for your business.

    This could be YOUR year - keep an eye out for the launch email!

  • Government Assistance & Tender Opportunities Following TC Debbie

    Cyclone Debbie
    State Government is providingfunding to eligible small businesses to assist with the recovery process in the wake of tropical cyclone Debbie.

    The Small Business Recovery Package will help operators develop business plans, mentoring, re-training, financial counselling and exploring new options for sustainability, such as diversification and new products.

    Tender opportunities have been announced for businesses between Mackay and Rockhampton to repair or replace some 70klm of fencing damaged during the cyclone. The Government is particularly encouraging businesses based in that area to apply. Further details ph 3008 3392 or visit  www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services
     

  • Fire Ant News

    Fire Ants

    Businesses and residents in inner Brisbane suburbs are being urged to check their properties and report suspicious fire ants to Biosecurity Queensland.

    Nests were recently located and destroyed in the suburbs of St Lucia, Fairfield, and Holland Park West.

    Biosecurity Queensland officers have conducted surveillance in the surrounding areas, however they need the community to be their eyes on the ground.

    If you work or live in the area, please check your property and report any suspect fire ants to Biosecurity Queensland to ensure there are no more fire ants lurking further afield.


  • Minister Proposes New Regulations on Non-Conforming Building Products

    Building Products

    Minister for Housing & Public Works Mick de Brenni is introducing new laws which will apply to everyone in the building products supply chain - not just the tradie at the end of the line.

    "It’s about making sure everyone knows the building products they use are safe and fit for their intended purpose."

    Mr de Brenni said the new laws would also allow Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) officers to inspect buildings, take samples for testing and direct rectifications. The new laws are expected to be in place before the end of the year.

    The government is calling for submissions from interested parties.


  • Inspiring the Future

    Inspiring the Future

    Inspiring the Future has now been officially launched. Members can get involved in this unique program by agreeing to 'donate' just an hour of your time to speak to local high school students about the potential of a landscaping career.

     

    Our industry is facing a skills shortage and a great way to address this is to encourage more school leavers into the industry by sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience about just how broad a career pathway is available to them should they choose to be a 'landscaper'!

     

    You never know, you might find your next trainee or apprentice at the same time!


  • Insurance - Will Your Claim be Rejected?

    insurance house

    Ever had an insurance claim rejected? The test of a good insurance relationship is how you are treated when it comes time to claim.  LQ Member Benefit Partner Insurance House provides members with

    • Competitive pricing
    • Quality landscape industry specific policies
    • Backup and support when it comes time to claim
    Click the button below to find out more about why claims are rejected, what options are available to you if that occurs and how Insurance House will go into bat for you when you most need it.

     


  • PROTrade Webinar - FREE to LQ Members

    PROTrade

    7 Steps to Systemise & Automate your Trade Business
    Lack of structure and quality systems inside your business will impact;

    • Work/Life balance; stuck working too many hours in the business
    • Cash flow headaches
    • Productivity of the team and workflow
    • Double handling and inconsistency with quality
    • Profitability; you want to grow, yet you can’t work any harder

    Click the link below to find out more and book for this 60 minute session by LQ supplier member Protrade United.


  • Queensland Training Awards - Regional Finalists

    Training

    Long term LQ member and sponsor Horticultural Training has had two students reach the regional finals in the Queensland Training Awards. These include for Equity VET Studen?t of the Year in Cert III Parks & Gardens and Vocational Student of the Year in? Certificate III Conservation and Land Management categories. Winners will be announced in July - good luck!


  • The Profitability Challenge - 7 Ways to Improve Margin & Profitability

    Gibsons

    What activities are some of Australia's leading businesses doing which enables them to enjoy increased profitability? Should you be doing them too? In this article by LQ member Gibson's Business Consultants explore seven ways to improve margin and profitability.


  • Upcoming Industry Events

    Upcoming Events

    LQ Domestic Landscaping Contracts Workshops - Gold Coast 6 June 2017 & Brisbane South 15 June 2017 - details see article above
    Women In Trade - Networking breakfast 7 - 10am 30 June 2017 New Farm Park, Brisbane - click link below for full details

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

    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


  • 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.


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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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