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  • Biosecurity - New Regulations from 1 July 2016

    Fire Ants

    As reported in last month's Industry eNews, new Biosecurity Regulations come into effect form 1 July 2016.
    Everyone involved in the landscaping industry has a general biosecurity obligation which you can fulfil by following some simple measures.


    Download these industry specific Fact Sheets to help you stay on top of this important area.

    New Biosecurity Zones - Queensland Map
    Managing soil in a fire ant biosecurity zone

    Managing potted plants in a fire ant biosecurity zone

    Managing turf in a fire ant biosecurity zone

    Frequently asked questions

     

    Changes to how you manage and control red imported fire ants:-

    Before Now
    Restricted areas (high & low risk) Biosecurity Zones
    Restricted items Fire ant carriers (soil, mulch, animal manures, baled hay or straw, potted plants and turf)
    Approved Risk Management Plans

    Biosecurity Regulation 2016 prescribes procedures that must be followed when moving or storing fire ant carriers

    A general biosecurity obligation for each individual and business to manage their own risks

    Inspector's Approval Biosecurity Insutrument Permit

    All Queenslanders now have a legal obligation to manage biosecurity risks that are under their control. In the case of fire ants, this means correctly moving and storing materials such as soil and mulch and becoming aware of the new restricted zones that are now in place.

     

    Ultimately the success of the program will depend on the level of involvement and support that comes from industry and the public and members across the State are encouraged to fulfil their responsibilities to control the spread of fire ants.

     

    Fire ant training is available at no charge for all persons and businesses. For more information please visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23 to speak to an inspector.             


  • New Award Wages from 1 July 2016

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    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first full pay period after 1 July 2016:


    LQ%20emblem_cmyk_edited_1398742680.jpg   the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $672.70 per week ($17.70 per hour); and
    LQ%20emblem_cmyk_edited_1398742680.jpg   modern award minimum wages will increase by 2.4%.

    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here and for an updated list of pay rates under the Gardening & Landscaping Services Award - members need to login to the LQ website. (Contact the LQ office if you are unsure how to login)


    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.


  • Women in Leadership - Landscape Industry

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    Women and Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all industry sectors. The 2016 National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative encourages all women to apply for grants towards leadership development, available at two levels: 

    • Senior Management and Executive Level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
    • Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program. 

    The deadline for expressing your interest for this funding ends 30 June 2016. To find out more visit their website
    For an expression of interest form - click here


  • 2016 Construction Excellence Awards Program - Entries Now Being Accepted!

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    Introducing the

    Queensland Residential Landscape Construction of the Year

    and

    Queensland Commercial Landscape Construction of the Year

     

    Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 LQ Construction Excellence Awards. This year's Awards program features in excess of 20 award categories and caters for all projects whether large or small.

    In an exciting change to this year’s program, eligible residential construction entries will vie for the coveted title of Qld Residential Landscape Construction of the Year and eligible commercial entries will be in the running for the highly desirable Qld Commercial Landscape Construction of the Year.

    Consultation with members and the broader industry has indicated that the majority believe splitting the overall Qld Landscape Construction of the Year into Residential and Commercial winners is a much fairer way to go and gives both residential and commercial entrants the opportunity to receive full acknowledge for the outstanding projects they have produced. 

     

    Full details and entry guidelines are contained in the Entry Form.
    Entry form is in writable pdf form and entries and photos can be submitted by uploading to drop box.


    By entering the Awards your business taps into the promotion and prestige surrounding this longstanding and highly regarded event including promotion to consumers and others via the LQ website, publicity through various media outlets consumer magazines and industry partners. Winners and finalists are also provided with Awards logos for use in their own marketing initiatives.

    Entry is simple and closes Friday 29 July 2016 - so what are you waiting for - get started now and stay ahead of your competitors!

    Entry form (open in adobe or adobe reader) - click here
    For Entry Guidelines & FAQs on the Awards program - click here
    Visit the Awards page of our website for more information
    Email julie@landscapequeensland.com.au or phone 1300 883 966

    Good Luck from the Team at LQ!


  • New Biosecurity Laws - 1 July 2016 - Landscape Industry Specific Information

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    New biosecurity laws for the Queensland landscaping industry

    The new Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) will come into effect on 1 July 2016. The Act will improve Queensland’s biosecurity preparedness and response capabilities for the protection of your industry. Under the Act, we will be better placed to focus on the biosecurity risks that impact our economy, our agricultural and tourism industries, our environment and our lifestyle.

    All individuals and organisations whose activities pose a biosecurity risk will have a legal responsibility for managing them.  As an industry worker you will need to take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under your control. You will not be expected to know about all biosecurity risks, but you will be expected to know about those associated with your landscaping activities. Read the full article


  • QBCC - Landscaping Licenses - Scope of Works

    QBCC

    Following on from the recent irrigation evenings QBCC have provided the following information to clarify the licensing requirements for irrigation work.
    It is important for landscape contractors to understand what they are licensed to do when it comes to irrigation work.
    A contractor with a
    Builder restricted to structural landscaping licence can install irrigation for landscaping works. To find out the full scope of work that can be carried out under this licence class, visit the QBCC website. Go online to apply for a licence.
    A contractor who holds a
    Restricted Water Plumber – Irrigation licence can carry out  irrigation plumbing work. Go online to find out more and apply for a licence.


    A contractor with a Trade contractor – Irrigation licence can assess, select and install irrigation equipment for various landscaping situations. To learn more about work that is within the scope of this licence class, visit the QBCC website. In order to apply for a trade contractor licence, you must meet the required qualifications criteria.

    There are also licensing rules around incidental work. You cannot personally do any incidental work that is occupational work, such as plumbing, drainage, pest control, or fire protection work unless you hold the appropriate licence. If you engage another contractor to do the work, then they must have the appropriate licence.

    For more information, call the QBCC 24/7 on 139 333 or visit the
    QBCC website.


  • Reece Irrigation Evenings - Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast

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    Get up to date before the busy Spring season arrives!

    Join LQ and Reece Irrigation for an information evening focused on smarter watering. See the latest technology designed to save water, time and money. Also listen to Phil Denman from QBCC who will be on hand to clarify licensing requirements and contractors responsibilities in relation to irrigation including the fitting of backflow devices.

    Enjoy a great night with drinks, nibbles and networking - FREE for LQ Members!

    Noosa Invitation - Thursday 13 August
    Brisbane Invitation - Tuesday 18 August
    Bundall Invitation - Thursday 20 August


    RSVP to admin@landscapequeensland.com.au indicating which venue you will be attending. Hope to see you there!


  • Brisbane Members - Networking Evening - FREE

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    Landscape Queensland invites you join other like minded members and industry professionals to a casual and relaxed networking evening on

    Thursday 30th July

    from 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm

    The Rotunda, Glen Hotel
    Corner of Logan Road and Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains


    Members are welcome to attend at any time from 5.00 pm
    and food and drinks will be available to purchase.
    We hope you can join us!


    Please indicate your intention to attend by emailing admin@landscapequeensland.com.au

  • IMPORTANT CHANGES To Domestic Building Contracts 1 July 2015

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    Members have previously been advised of proposed changes to Domestic Building Contracts - those changes will take effect from 1 July 2015. Domestic contracts signed from this date on should comply with the new legislation. 

    Broadly, there will now be 2 contracts for Domestic Purposes -

    Level 1 - Over $3,300 and up to $20,000

    Level 2 - Over $20,000

    Other changes include:-

    • A New "Consumer Building Guide" - (LQ's Homeowner Booklet) must be provided to the client
    • Before commencement of work the contractor must provide a start date and date for practical completion
    • Extension of time claims must be provided to a homeowner within 10 days
    • Changes in the definition of practical completion

    LQ Members will have access to compliant contracts free of charge via the member login area on the LQ website. These documents are downloadable in pdf format.

     

    It is important for landscaping contractors to be aware of these changes as it may be necessary for contractors to review and revise any template contracts they currently use in line with the new contractual requirements particularly if not using LQ contracts.


  • New Award Wages from 1 July 2015

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first full pay period after 1 July 2015:


    LQ%20emblem_cmyk_edited_1398742680.jpg   the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $656.90 per week ($17.29 per hour); and
    LQ%20emblem_cmyk_edited_1398742680.jpg   modern award minimum wages will increase by 2.5%.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month.

    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here and for an updated list of pay rates under the Gardening & Landscaping Services Award members need to login to the LQ website. (Contact the LQ office if you are unsure how to login)


    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.


    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/latest-news-9#sthash.RBwghMoI.dpuf

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.


    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/latest-news-9#sthash.RBwghMoI.dpuf

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.


    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/latest-news-9#sthash.RBwghMoI.dpuf

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.


    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/latest-news-9#sthash.RBwghMoI.dpuf

  • More Accountability for Defective Building Work

    QBCC

    From June 1, building industry subcontractors will be accountable for any defective work they do, in a change to the existing policy, which has seen principal contractors held responsible for the defective work.

    LQ is currently in discussions with QBCC in relation to the affects of this on our subcontractor members and also in respect of any effect on the current retention money requirements for commercial contracts.


    For more details - click here


  • Brisbane Members - Networking Evening - FREE

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    Landscape Queensland invites you join other like minded members and industry professionals to a casual and relaxed networking evening on

    Thursday 21st May

    from 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm

    Trophy Room, Paddo Tavern, 186 Given Terrace, Paddington


    Members are welcome to attend at any time from 5.00 pm
    and food and drinks will be available to purchase.
    We hope you can join us!


    Please indicate your intention to attend by emailing admin@landscapequeensland.com.au

  • LQ Launches Workplace Wellness Program for Landscapers

    Landscape Queensland is pleased to announce the launch of an Industry Workplace Wellness Program.

    As the peak body for the Landscape Industry in Queensland we believe it is vital that the health and wellbing of all participants in this industry is addressed.

    To see our full Industry Statement click here.

     

    As part of the overall program our industry specific Workplace Health & Safety Packs have been updated and now includes valuable information for members to discuss with their staff regarding individual worker health and wellbeing as well as health risk factors faced by our industry and steps to take towards addressing them.

     

     

    Landscape Queensland is working with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on a Healthy Workers Initiative as part of the Queensland Government’s Healthier.Happier.Workplaces. Initiative.

     


  • Annual General Meeting - 2015

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    A great mix of new and old members attended last night's AGM held at Iceworks Restaurant & Bar Paddington. Members were present during the election of the new Board and acknowledged outgoing President Andrew Bottomley's significant contributions to the Association during his time as LQ's longest serving President at 7 years.

     

    Following the meeting members were joined by many of LQ's sponsors and partners for a networking cocktail function where conversation was lively and ideas plentiful.

     

    Landscape Queensland is pleased to announce the 2015 Board -

     

    President - Chris Gill - Lifestyle Landscape Design & Construction

    Vice President - Andrew Bottomley - The Landscape Construction Company

    Treasurer - Dave Taylor - Interface Landscapes

    Secretary - Leigh Barrett - Living Style Landscapes

     

    Committee members

    John Daly - eCo-Environment

    Wayne Giebel - Wayne Giebel Landscapes

    Alistair Hutton - A & R Evergreen

    Paul Luck - TAFE Queensland - South West

    Trevor Murphy - The Container Connection

    Tom Reardon - AWX P/L

    Simon Quinn - Simon Says Landscaping

     


  • Annual General Meeting - 2015

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    Members have the choice of attending the AGM only, the AGM & Networking Function or Networking only.

    RSVP essential for catering purposes.

     

     

    Annual General Meeting Invitation

    Show support for your Association by coming along to the Landscape Queensland 2015 AGM

     

    Date:     Wednesday 18 February 2015

    Time:     Meeting starts 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm (approx)

    Venue:     The Railroom, Iceworks Restaurant & Bar

    157 Given Terrace, Paddington

    RSVP:     To LQ office by 11 February 2015 Fax (07) 3265 5556

      Email: admin@landscapequeensland.com.au

     

     

    Agenda

    Start 4:30 pm

     

    1.   Attendance and apologies

    2.   Confirmation of Annual General Minutes held on Wednesday 5 Masrch 2014

    3.   Matters arising from the minutes of the meeting

    4.   Presentation and adoption of the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 December  2014

    5.   Nominations and election of Board Members for the year 2015

    6.   Appointment of Auditor for 2015

    7.   General Business

    8.   Close of meeting

    Under the Constitution of the Association only paid up, life and honorary members are entitled to vote

     

    If you are unable to attend the AGM, members and non-members are invited to attend a cocktail networking function to meet and congratulate the new Board at the venue from 6:00 pm

     

    Cocktail Networking Function Invitation

     

    Date:     Wednesday 18 February 2015

    Time:    Cocktail function commences 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm (approx.)

    Venue:     The Railroom, Iceworks Restaurant & Bar

        157 Given Terrace, Paddington

    Cost:     Members      FREE      Non-Members    $25

                                                    Canapes, tea and coffee provided: drinks available to purchase

    RSVP:     To LQ office by 11 February 2015 Fax (07) 3265 5556

           Email: admin@landscapequeensland.com.au

     

    Networking Event Program

     

    6:00 pm                Meet and congratulate the new Board, Networking and Cocktail function

    8:00 - 8:30 pm      Event Close

     

    Member have the choice of attending the AGM only, the AGM and Networking Function or the Networking only.

    RSVP essential for catering purposes.

    Click here for voting forms


  • Tickets on sale - Gala Dinner LQ Construction Excellence Awards 2014

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    Tickets are on sale for the annual Gala Dinner and Awards night. With top entertainment, great networking and celebrity MC Terry Hansen from 97.3fm you're sure to have a wonderful night. Join the best of the best in landscaping at the Brisbane Hilton Saturday 8th November 2014.

     

    For ticket booking form - click here


  • Voting Opens for the LQ Supplier of the Year Award!

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    It's that time of the year again when LQ members get to the vote for their favourite supplier member. A Gold, Silver and Bronze award will be presented to landscape industry suppliers who have made a contribution to the success of our members' businesses. So if you're an LQ supplier member ask your customers if they are happy with your services and if they are a member - encourage them to vote for you! It's that easy.

     

    Voting only takes a couple of minutes and is the opportunity for all members to have their say - voting closes on 30th September 2014. For voting form click here.


  • Tickets now on Sale - Gala Dinner LQ Construction Excellence Awards 2014

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    TICKETS NOW ON SALE

    HURRY MEMBERS EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ENDS
    30th September


    Date: Saturday 8th  November

     Venue: Grand Ballroom, Brisbane Hilton
    Pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm


    The 2014 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards
    Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 8th November in the Grand Ballroom
    Brisbane Hilton.


    Join us as we celebrate the best of the best in the industry and the
    30th anniversary of the Awards!

     For ticket booking form click here
    For accommodation bookings at the Hilton click here
     


    If you have any queries please contact LQ on 1300 883 966.

     

    Principal Award Partner

     

     

  • Timber Technical Data Sheets Now Available to LQ Members

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    Landscape Queensland is pleased to announce that members are now able to gain access to a range of technical data and fact sheets covering standards and tolerances for timber products used during the course of outdoor construction. LQ has recently formed a relationship with Timber Queensland enabling us to source current information to assist members to understand their obligations and best practice in timber construction. Members can access this information through the LQ website.

     

    This is a member only service requiring members to login to the member only area - user name and password required. If you are unsure of your current login details please contact the

    LQ office on 1300 883 966.


  • New Award Wages from 1 July 2014

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.


    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

     

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.

     

    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.ddO1cMm7.dpuf

    Annual Wage Increase - What does it mean for your business?

    Each year the FWC is required to review the minimum wages specified in modern awards, as well as the national minimum wage for employees that are not covered by an award or enterprise agreement.

    This year, the Minimum Wage Panel’s ruling is that, from the first pay period after 1 July 2014:

    1. the national minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will increase to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour); and
    2. modern award minimum wages will increase by 3%.

    It is extremely important that businesses do not leave themselves open to underpayment claims particularly if their workers are employed under an enterprise agreement.

     

    Member benefits partner DibbsBarker have provided a summary of the changes to come into effect next month and members are also reminded about increases to employer superannuation contributions from 1 July 2014 to 9.5% as previously advised in January's eNews.

     

    For more information on these changes and what you should do click here.

    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.ddO1cMm7.dpuf

  • 2014 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards - Now Open!

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    Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 LQ Construction Excellence Awards. This year's Awards feature 22 categories and caters for all projects whether large or small.

    2014 also sees the introduction of 2 new awards to the Environmental Cateogry -

    • Ecological Rehabilitation Award - celebrating projects involving creation, rehabilitation, restoration and management of natural areas
    • Environment & Sustainability Award - seeks projects which exhibit characteristics of excellence with regards to environmental values or sustainability
    Full details and entry guidelines are contained in the Entry Form.

    This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Awards inception. By entering the Awards your business taps into the promotion and prestige surrounding this longstanding and highly regarded event including promotion to consumers and others via the LQ website, publicity through various media outlets and consumer magazines and Awards logos for use in your own marketing initiatives.

    Entry is simple and closes Thursday 31st July 2014 - so what are you waiting for - get started now and stay ahead of your competitors!

    Entry form - click here
    See our frequently asked questions or for more information on the Awards program generally - click here
    Email info@landscapequeensland.com.au or phone 1300 883 966

    Good Luck from the Team at LQ!

  • Costing Guide - Edition 7

    Costing Guide

    Landcsape Queensland Costing Guide - Edition 7 with fully revised and updated content has now been released. It is available to purchase by both members and non-members by completing an order form and returning to LQ office.

     

    This well regarded and much sought after publication has been in ciruclation for almost 20 years and provides industry with not only suggested pricing for quotes but valuable information on business overheads, turf table, industry training and awards, Government contacts and much much more!


  • Estimating Workshop - Saturday 2nd August 2014

    Estimating Workshop held in June sold out - don't miss out on this one - places strictly limited!


    Landscape Queensland is pleased to present an Estimating Workshop in conjunction with the launch of Edition 7 - Costing Guide. The day will be facilitated by qualified landscaping teacher Paul Luck with support from experienced landscape industry contractors to assist with member questions and to ensure a practical, real world focus is maintained.

    Members who attended the June workshop said -

    • Great content
    • Paul is obviously well versed and experienced
    • Great to have time to discuss with others and share information
    • The refresher was valuable

     

    Whether you are an experienced landscaper or just starting out this is a value packed workshop not to be missed!

    Edition 7 - Costing Guide
    fully revised & updated
    will be available for purchase on the day
    $99 members  $135 non-members

    Places will be strictly limited
    so don't miss out - book early!



    For booking form click here
    Costing Guide order form click here


  • AGM 5th March 2014

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    Guests at last night’s Landscape Queensland Annual General Meeting held at Iceworks Restaurant & Bar in Paddington enjoyed a great meal and networking opportunities as well as listening to Andy Roberts from The Davidson Institute who provided an economic forecast and update for 2014 and spoke about how businesses can look to improve their bottom line by gaining a better understanding of their financial statements.

     

    Simon Leake from SESL Australia who is one of Australia’s best known urban soil scientists provided an insight into the importance of soil testing in your landscaping works and why the wrong imported soil may cause your plantings to fail backed up with a few examples and case studies.

     

    The evening was well attended by members and sponsors and CEO Mark Sorby was pleased to announce that “AWX – Partners in People” have again come on board as Principal Construction Excellence Awards Partner for 2014. This relationship spans over a decade now and greatly assists LQ in providing a top quality event in November each year.

     

    Landscape Queensland is in the process of developing packages with both The Davidson Institute and SESL Australia which will be of benefit to members and these initiatives will be announced shortly

     

    2014 AGM Iceworks, Paddington

                                                                


  • New Anti Bullying Legislation - Effective 1st January 2014

    In 2014, there will be a number of significant changes to laws that impact on the workplace.

     

    The major change is the commencement of anti-bullying laws on 1 January 2014. The expected 3500 cases per year is likely to place further strain on the already tight resources of the Fair Work Commission (FWC), which recently reported receiving over 4000 unfair dismissal cases and 800 'general protections' claims in the quarter ending September 2013.

     

    On 20 November 2013, the FWC published for comment the procedures it proposes to adopt to deal with applications alleging bullying. The proposed procedures take full advantage of the FWC's powers to make inquiries before there is a formal hearing.

     

    After the FWC receives a bullying application, it will not only notify the employer, but also each of the people who are alleged to have bullied the employee who lodged the claim. The employer and each of the alleged bullies will have an opportunity to provide written responses and to be heard, before a formal hearing is conducted to determine whether bullying orders will be made. After these steps are completed, the FWC will allocate the case either for mediation or hearing. See more at -

    In 2014, there will be a number of significant changes to laws that impact on the workplace.

    The major change is the commencement of anti-bullying laws on 1 January 2014. The expected 3500 cases per year is likely to place further strain on the already tight resources of the Fair Work Commission (FWC), which recently reported receiving over 4000 unfair dismissal cases and 800 'general protections' claims in the quarter ending September 2013.

    On 20 November 2013, the FWC published for comment the procedures it proposes to adopt to deal with applications alleging bullying. The proposed procedures take full advantage of the FWC's powers to make inquiries before there is a formal hearing.

    After the FWC receives a bullying application, it will not only notify the employer, but also each of the people who are alleged to have bullied the employee who lodged the claim. The employer and each of the alleged bullies will have an opportunity to provide written responses and to be heard, before a formal hearing is conducted to determine whether bullying orders will be made. After these steps are completed, the FWC will allocate the case either for mediation or hearing. - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1092#sthash.UJtUYLcW.dpuf

  • Gladstone Fire Ant Update - December 2013

    Biosecurity Queensland advises that preliminary genetic test results from the fire ant nests confirmed last week in Yarwun, Gladstone have shown the infestation is likely to be a new incursion.

     

    Biosecurity Queensland‘s Fire Ant Program Director Mike Ashton said that while confirmatory results were needed, it was likely the ants were not related to either the 2006 Yarwun incursion that was declared eradicated in 2010, or the fire ant population that is currently under eradication in south east Queensland. 

     

    “Further genetic testing over the coming week will confirm these preliminary test results, as well as provide a guide as to how long the ants have been at the site and which country the ants originated from,” Mr Ashton said.

    “This week, Biosecurity Queensland staff surveyed and baited the infested site with an insect growth regulator and this is being followed up by direct injection of contact insecticide.” Biosecurity Queensland will be boosting its on-ground surveillance and tracing team in the area with 20 new local contract staff who will be trained today.

     

    The industrial site remains under quarantine restrictions, which means high risk items such as soil, plant material, or green mulch cannot be moved off the site, and any machinery or equipment moving off the site must be clean and free from soil and other risk material.

     

    For more information on fire ants, or to book a site inspection for soil disturbances or movement of high-risk materials, visit www.daff.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23.


  • Modern Award Review Questionnaire

    If your business is covered under the Gardening and Landscaping Award 2010 or the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 then here is your opportunity to provide feedback on the current content of our modern awards to determine whether there are any issues or if improvements are required. For the questionnaire click here.


    Landscape Queensland is seeking feedback from all members on these important issues and would appreciate your prompt response to the attached questionnaire.


    Please fax back on (07) 3265 5556


  • Revised Boundaries for Fire Ant Restricted Area - Are You Affected?

    Revised boundaries for the Red Imported Fire Ant Restricted Are (RIFA Restricted Area) have been implemented.  The risk status of 49 suburbs within these boundaries has also changed.  For more information click here.


  • Industry Relations Update - Federal Minimum Wages Decision

    On 3 June 2013 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made its decision regarding the Annual Wage Reveiw (AWR) for the Federal minimum wages under the modern awards systems.  The FWC granted an increase of 2.6% to all modern award rates and the Federal minimum wage.  The new minimum wage rates will commence on the first full pay period after 1 July 2013.  For more information read the fact sheet


  • BSA Warranty Insurance Amnesty

    The Building Services Authority is offering an amnesty for unpaid premiums to the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme.  Any premium paid before 31 July 2013, not matter how long the job was done, will not attract a fine or demerit points.

     

    Payments must be made prior to 31 July 2013 and can be paid to the BSA online, by telephone, mail or over the counter at any BSA office.

    The BSA will soon commence a compliance program to catch offenders who have not paid premiums.  For further information about the amnesty see below;

     

    http://www.bsa.qld.gov.au/Pages/InsuranceAmnesty.aspx

     

    What  work is covered?

    http://www.bsa.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Builders_Contractors/Publications/Insurable%20Residential%20Construction%20Work.pdf

     

    The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme covers specific building work called residential construction work.  Residential construction work is building work over $3,300 in value carried out by a contractor under a contract for the following:

    • the construction of a house, duplex, townhouse, villa unit, multiple dwelling of 3 storeys or less (excluding the lowest storey if it consists mainly of a car park), related roofed buildings (i.e. garage, pool change room, etc.), and
    • building work that affects the structural performance of a residence or related roofed building, relocation or replacement of a roof, wall, internal partition, floor or foundations, extensions, decks and verandahs, bathroom and kitchen renovations and installation and repair of the primary water supply.

    Warranty insurance premiums must be paid on the entire value of the contract irrespective of the makeup of the remainder of the contract.  Insurance is also applicable on the full contract value when the contract includes a structure with a waterproof roof.

     

    Landscape Queensland has sought clarification from the BSA in relation to whether insurance should be applicable to the full value of a landscape construction contract which encompasses soft scape components.  Members will be advised of their response as it's received.

     

    For more information contact the BSA on 1300 272 272 or www.bsa.qld.gov.au

     


  • Landscape Industry Training Funds

    Hurry, save up to 67% on Approved Courses (applications required by mid May 2013)

     

    The National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) is an Australian Government initiative that helps businesses identify and address their workforce development needs.  It operates on a co-funding arrangement where new and current workers can receive Government funding of up to 67% of the cost of undertaking approved courses.

     

    Approved courses include Certificate III through to Diploma level courses in landscape construction and design.  Higher level vocational courses in a variety of fields including leadership and business management are also available.

     

    Those seeking to enter the industry could be eligible for a Certificate II level qualification with a focus on landscaping. 

     

    The NWDF is administered by AgriFood Skills Australia on behalf of the Federal Government.  Agrifood has confirmed there remains funding available to support training of landscape industry workers.  The training can be undertaken over a short duration or several years.  Click here for further information.

     

    This is a good opportunity to up skill yourself or your employees.  Time to obtain this funding is limited.  Applications are required to be submitted by the 15th of May 2013.

     

    For more information contact Di Edelman, Agrifood Skills Aust, 0418 720 766 or diedelman@me.com


  • Domestic Landscaping Contract Workshop 2

    A second contracts workshop is being held to assist members understand when, why and how to use contracts correctly.

     

    When:  Tuesday 23rd of April, 4:30pm for a 5pm Start

    Where:  Wantima Golf Club, 530 South Pine Road

     

    Click here for further information.

    RSVP via email to kjackson@landscapequeensland.com.au or fax 07 3265 5556


  • March Message from Landscape Queensland

    It’s been a busy couple of months for the Association with the bedding down of the new office premises at 477 Newman Road Geebung, the launching of the new Domestic Landscaping Contract, Election of the 2013 Board at the recent AGM dinner and the finalisation of the new Find a Member Service on the Landscape Queensland web site.

     

    The next few months sees Landscape Queensland running a number of member events including, contracts workshops, the first which is scheduled for the 19th of this month. Please check your emails and the web site for details


  • 2013 AGM Dinner

     

    The Landscape Queensland AGM was held at Kedron Wavell Services club on Wednesday 27th of February. The evening provided an opportunity for members to be updated on the progress of the Association and its vision for the future. Guests were entertained with speakers including inaugural member Ross Logan from Logan Landscapes who spoke about how the Association began back in 1983 and the changes he’s seen. Later in the evening Ross was inducted into the Landscape Industry Hall of Fame. LQ president Andrew Bottomley said it was a testament to Ross’ business acumen and resilience that he has survived in business in this industry for so long. Throughout the ups and downs Ross has always maintained his Association membership and always supported the industry. 

     

    The evening also included the launching of the Domestic Landscaping Contract and guests were entertained by a humorous presentation from Dr Fritz Hecker on the differences between men’s and women’s brains. The night concluded with a charity auction where $1800 was raised for Red Kite a charity who supports families with kids that are battling cancer.

     

    Click for the following documents:

    2012 Annual Report

    AGM Wrap Up

    2013 Board Members

     


  • BREAKING NEWS - Apprentice Kickstart Initiative for Construction & Engineering Trades has been Extended

    Landscape Queensland has been advised that an extension to the additional $3,350 Apprentice Kickstart Initiative for construction and engineering trades has been extended to 30 April 2013.

     

    Employers who take on a new apprentice in the appropriate construction and engineering trades until 30 April 2013, or until the cap of 21,000 places is reached, will be eligible for the Kickstart incentive.  This extension covers the period 1 March 2013 to 30 April 2013.

     

    Small and medium enterprises and eligible Group Training Organisations may attract the Apprentice Kickstart initiative - Read More


  • Construction Sector Update from AWX, Partners in People

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    Some positive signs for the construction industry indicated from recent economic data.  Demand for landscape construction looks positive into the future.  Flexible employment options can help business in uncertain times. Read More


  • Outdoor Living & Landscape Expo - LQ Members Save Cost on Floor Space

    The Outdoor Living & Landscape Expo returns to the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane from 18-19 May, 2013.  Last year's inaugural expo saw over 6,000 visitors seeking new products and ideas to create their own backyard oasis.  From outdoor rooms and structures to furniture, kitchens, water features, decking and shade systems to landscape design it will be on show at the expo.

    The Outdoor Living & Landscape Expo is being staged alongside the highly successful Pool & Spa Expo with one entry ticket providing automatic access to both events. Visitors attending the Outdoor Living & Landscape Expo only have to walk to the upper level to see What's on Offer at the Pool & Spa Expo - creating the ultimate 'outdoor one stop shop" event.

    At the Outdoor Living & Landscape Expo you will meet qualified buyers when will generate new sales and leads for your business at an affordable cost:

    • Meet thousands of new qualified customers - 60% of visitors attending the 2012 expo were planning to spend between $10k to $50k
    • Only genuine buyers will attend - see attached show overview for what products visitors wanted to see
    • A $200k marketing campaign - Prime time TV, Radio, Daily Press and Online will drive buyers to the show
    • A highly cost effective sales platform - potential to generate hundreds of new leads
    • Dedicated FREE seminars - an opportunity to present your products to the masses
    • Outstanding ROI - stands start at only $108 +GST

    Landscape Queensland Members save up to $20 per SQM on cost of floor space to exhibit at this well regarded show.

    Click here for Exhibition Overview.

    For further information including a floorplan please send back the attached Expression of Interest Form now or contact Glenyse Forde 03 9676 2133, email glenyse@auexhibitions.com.au to discuss available stand options.


  • NBN Related Construction Opportunities

    Landscape Queensland has been approached by Silcar Communications and asked to make members aware that Silcar Communications are currently looking for a suitably qualified sub contractors to undertake work related to the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).  For full details click here.

     

    Note - This may be an opportunity for members to investigate and consider, however Landscape Queensland is in no way endorsing Silcar Communications or recommending that members sub contract to them.  Members should ensure they implement suitable contractual documentation and undertake appropriate checks to satisfy themselves with all aspects of any contractual arrangements entered into. All enquiries about this opportunity are to be made direct to Silcar Communications.


  • Don't Forget to Restrain Your Loads!

    Restraining Loads

    All vehicles that are carrying a load must ensure that the load is restrained properly.  This is a safety issue which is currently being strongly enforced by authorities. Loads are to be secured using an appropriate load restrain method.  Failure to comply with these laws can result in a fine.  Read more on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

     

    Projecting Loads

    Drivers of cars, utilities and trucks that are transporting loads that project beyond the outer edges(s) of their vehicle or trailer must obey the laws governing the safe moving of these loads.  These laws have been developed to protect all road users.  Before you consider carrying a projecting load, you must ensure that you will not exceed legal limits relating to the total length, height, width or rear overhang on your vehicles or trailer.  Your load is taken into account when working out these total dimensions.

     

    Things to consider:

    • the total dimensions permitted for a vehicle or trailer plus its load
    • the legal safety requirements when carrying projecting loads of different sizes
    • What to do it your load is too big.

     

    For more information, see the Projecting Loads Brochure

     


  • Landscape Soils - the need to test and check

    The ability to effectively support and grow healthy, plants and turf, depends on the foundation and formulation of the growing pyramid, the "Soil".

     

    A healthy landscape soil media, can then enhance a plant's root sytem, to interact with the micro fauna and flora (Biota) to optimise uptake of moisture & nutrients, which is directly related to the surface area of the root system.

     

    The quality of the landscape soil blends, top soil or turf underlay mixes, can be judged by comparing its physical, chemical, and biological properties, with those listed in the Australian Standards for Soils for Landscaping and Gardens (AS4419)

     

    Click here for (AS4419) Soil Standards

     

    Landscape Soil Blends Check List:

    • Possible residual toxicity - if the organic matter is only partly composted
    • Shrinkage or Slumpage - occurs due to the high percentage of un-composted organic matter continuing to decompose
    • Hydrophobic soil (water repellence) - also caused by poorly or un-composted matter used in the blend with sands or soils with low clay
    • Unstable pH or high pH level eg 8.5 to 9.5
    • Compacted and poorly drained soils - water pooling
    • Low EC - low nutrition (eg iron, copper and trace elements or poor nutrient balance with soil is used with large amounts of organic matter)
    • Soils and Mulches containing - weed seeds, residuals of plant pathogens and disease etc - contamination may be caused by partly or un-composted organic matter additions.

     

    Tip

    Always check the above list and overview of soil media problems.  Ask for reports on soils, testing results, to the above Australian Standards AS4419 to verify the soils characteristics of: Chemical, Physical and Biological requirements to support Soil & Plant Health.

     


  • Free Directory Listing for LQ Members

    Winning work and selling product is something we all have in common.  Landscape Queensland has recently launched the Find a Member Search as an additional member benefit on the LQ web site.  Consumers can search for Landscape and Garden Maintenance Contractors, Designers & Suppliers.  This is a free listing for members.  Members contact details including phone, email & website will be provided.  The ability for members to update their profiles will be available in the coming months as the search is refined. 

    Click here to see the Find a Member Search.


  • Trade Alliance Group offer for Landscapers

    Click here to see the Special Offer for Landscapers offered by the Trade Alliance Group.


  • 2014 Partnership & Advertising Opportunities

    Landscape Queensland is looking for companies to join our team as one of our 2014 partners.  Partnership opportunitites exist for: Platinum Partner, Gold Partners & Awards Partners

     

    For more information contact Landscape Queensland on 1300 883 966.


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