Representing Arborists in Queensland & Nth NSW
14 Sep 2017

Importance of Income Protection

We all know that accidents and serious illnesses can happen. If something unexpected does happen, you want to protect what’s important.  Having your income protection cover in place gives you the financial freedom when you need it most.

Income Protection

Income protection is designed to help keep your life on track while you can’t work due to sickness or injury.  It provides you with a regular income for a nominated period of time. Having this monthly payment allows your household to keep running and takes the financial pressure off you, so you can focus on your recovery.

Helping Warren with his recovery and ensuring that his business continues to run

Warren owns and runs an Arborist business. Warren had put in place his income protection and business expense policy in May 2017.

On a Saturday afternoon in June, whilst doing some simple home renovations, Warren fell off his ladder and landed on his shoulder.  He had to have immediate surgery on his shoulder and was unable to work in the short term. As an arborist and a business owner, it means he cannot do a number of his main duties.

Warren made a claim under his income protection and business expense policy which will pay his loss of income whilst he is in recovery.  Warren is aware his recovery may take up to 6 months, but he can continue to focus on his rehabilitation, knowing that his household and business can keep running.

There are many forms of income protection and life insurance policies that can be taken out.  From covering just business expenses, trauma cover or covering your partner, even if they are not working but are still earning an income from you to your normal income protection and life insurance policies.

To find out more or to tailor the right policy for your best interests please contact Fitzpatrick & Co. Insurance Brokers and they will ensure that should an incident occur, money and income will not be a problem for you.

19 Jul 2017

2018 Queensland Tree Climbing Championships QTCC

When: 2018
Where: Sunshine Coast QLD
Gear Checks: Commence at 7.00am on the first day.

  • Gear Checks will available from 7:00am. Once gear check has been completed you will receive your competition t-shirt and wristband.
  • A walk through of the events with the Head Judge will begin at 9:30am.
  • The Competition will commence at 11:00am.
  • Competitors (Including Rookies) must have current Financial Membership with the QAA to be eligible for any placings into the National or Asia Pacifics Competition.
  • You may be listed under a Corporate Membership, please check with your employer or the QAA office.
  • To be eligible for the for the Rookie prize you must be a first-time competitor.

 

Competitors Entry Fee includes:

  • Competition T-Shirt (if early entry not made t-shirt size will be a medium)
  • Lunch & Refreshments during the Competition
  • Full Banquet dinner at the Presentation Ceremony on Saturday Night.

 

Entry Fees for Competitors:

$175              QAA Member

$210             QAA Non-Member Not eligible to win major prize

$110              Rookie/Student

 

Copies of the Gear Check & Disclaimer will be available at the venue. Please ensure Registration paperwork is returned to the QAA Office ASAP.

**Competitors MUST be registered and paid for prior to the event, so avoid disappointment and book early**


JUDGES & VOLUNTEERS:

The QTCC is run by volunteers who currently serve on the current QAA committee, past committees or people who have a passion for the arboricultural industry.

These volunteers take time away from their businesses and family to produce this amazing event. Most years we have the same people return as they find it extremely rewarding and enjoy encouraging new climbers in the industry.

New volunteers are always welcomed and encouraged.

We are looking for volunteer judges to help out on the day and have your name down from previous competitions or feel that your industry experience would be welcomed at this event.

Your participation will include a free tee shirt and lunch and a great day out with like-minded people.

If you would like to join us again or become involved in this industry event, please advise the QAA office via phone 07 3821 1488 or email office@qaa.net.au

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 


The QAA has sponsorship packs available for the event.

If you are interested in viewing the sponsor pack, please contact our Office to discuss further.

Phone: 07 3821 1488

Email: office@qaa.net.au

12 Jun 2017

Veteran Tree Care for Cities with Guy Meilleur

Guy Meilleur:

Guy Meilleur is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist and a former Utility, Municipal, and Tree Climber Specialist.  The author of 34 Detective Dendro episodes, Guy is a former Instructor at Duke University and an international advocate for the Veteran Tree Network.

6 years’ vice-chair of the ISA Educational Goods and Services Committee, Guy assisted with material development and review. As a Tree Care Standard Committee member, Guy promoted environmental values while collaborating with utility counterparts. Guy celebrates 50 years of conserving tree value by pruning, root invigoration, support and lighting systems, and community education, climbing trees as an antidote to ageing.

About the workshop:

Veteran trees can be transformed from perceived liabilities into cherished assets. By using International standards and practices, risk can be mitigated from high to acceptably low. Pruning is the most obvious and visible need; reducing the trees’ size can always reduce the likelihood of failure. But how much pruning is enough?  How much is too much?

We’ll look at research that provides reliable guidance toward answering these pruning questions. But let’s not forget the bottom half of the tree. Follow the ANSI A300 standard on the trunk, flare, and root inspection as we assess big old trees. Decay at the lower stem, flare and roots can be managed by inspection, treatment and monitoring. Document strength gain on monitoring visits. Give trees a chance to adapt to their environment and to our management.

Give our management a chance to adapt symbiotically to tree response.

Topics include:

  • Ecological contributions of the tree and its associates;
  • Cultural connections to regions, people, and history;
  • Identification of strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities;
  • Compartmentalization and response growth, making ‘defects’ stronger than ever;
  • time-tested strategies for valuing and managing veteran trees.
  • Potential treatments that are practised in other regions, and
  • Mitigation Options that comply with international tree care standards.

OUTLINE

  • Introduce the topic and the speaker and the participants.
  • Review the state of the art and science of mature tree care.
  • Review case studies of successes and failures.
  • Outdoor activity: Small group inspections of specimens and groves.
  • Lunch and discussions.
  • Review tree and site conditions noted during morning inspections
  • Advanced inspection and demonstration of treatments
  • Develop, prioritise and write specifications.
  • Wrap up: Questing for consistency.

OUTCOMES

Participants will take away positive experiences of successfully caring for veteran trees. Recent approaches to the management of trees. They will understand

  • Basic systems and forensic methods to use for inspections,
  • How to get more information directly from the tree ecosystem,
  • What pitfalls and perils to look out for,
  • How to develop and prioritise clear specifications,
  • How to implement a defendable management plan that increases tree value.

By understanding and applying these specialised skills:

  • Contractors will gain more valuable work from clients,
  • Employees will be more valuable to managers,
  • Arborists will get more respect, and
  • More veteran trees will get better care.

INDUSTRY BENEFITS

People who attend this workshop and apply some of what they have seen will work all over the province of Queensland. They will see opportunities for their new skills to exert a positive outcome, wherever there are trees of high value. Objectives will be clarified and specifications clear and to the point — maximising tree health, safety, and longevity. People they interact with along the way will see big old trees not as liabilities but as the assets they are.

 

The purpose of the course is directly parallel with the interests of the industry. If the management of mature trees is simplified, their benefits and contributions will shine through. Public perception of trees and everyone in the tree care industry will improve. As the value of veteran trees is more widely appreciated, the value in veteran tree managers and arborists with those special skills goes up as well.


WORKSHOP PRICING:

QAA Qualified Member:     $250.00

QAA General Member:       $275.00

NON-Member:                     $300.00

Prices are GST inclusive.
Pricing includes Lunch and refreshments.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
CEU points will be available.


 CLICK HERE TO BOOK

12 Jun 2017

Advanced Report Writing with Guy Meilleur

Guy Meilleur:

Guy Meilleur is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist and a former Utility, Municipal, and Tree Climber Specialist.  The author of 34 Detective Dendro episodes, Guy is a former Instructor at Duke University and an international advocate for the Veteran Tree Network.

6 years’ vice-chair of the ISA Educational Goods and Services Committee, Guy assisted with material development and review. As a Tree Care Standard Committee member, Guy promoted environmental values while collaborating with utility counterparts. Guy celebrates 50 years of conserving tree value by pruning, root invigoration, support and lighting systems, and community education, climbing trees as an antidote to ageing.

 

About the workshop:

Simply speaking, any arborist is able to develop and deliver defendable opinions in a report. Many Detective Dendro stories were based on arborist reports. Suspicious Specks turned on the mysteries within the tree. The one-page appraisal report was finished and faxed during a lunch break. Fearsome Fossil countered nine points raised in favour of executing a stinky ginkgo, and convinced an historical commission to spare it. Detectable Decline banished ‘mortality spiral’ myths and reversed a rival’s condemnation of a valued arboreal asset. We’ll extract elements of writing from these mostly true tales, turn some grammatical nuts and bolts, and rebuild the real-life reports.

Then we’ll head out to the trees, and see what they have to say. Templates will be provided, to help systematise the critical skills of forensic diagnosis.  See how Background, Assignment, Observations, Analysis, Discussion and Conclusions flow as smoothly as any conversation. Unlock the potential in basic cutting-and-pasting, and advance your ability to integrate illustrations, edit and revise. With confidence and practice, you can successfully sell your opinions in the form of arborist reports.

OUTLINE

  • Introduce the topic and the speaker and the participants.
  • Deconstruct the plots of stories into the elements of a report.
  • Remove drama from assignments and reports
  • Outdoor activity: Small groups reporting on appraisal.
  • Lunch and discussions.
  • Delving into inspecting tree condition and writing specifications.
  • Outdoor inspection using both specimen and grove forms.
  • Indoor discussion and the quest for consistency.

OUTCOMES

Participants will take away positive experiences using two different approaches to the management of trees. They will understand:

  • Basic outlines and forensic methods to use for reports,
  • How and when new information gets incorporated or not,
  • What pitfalls and perils to look out for,
  • How to keep clients, managers, and stakeholders on board, and
  • How to deliver a defendable report that gets the job done.

By simply but systematically communicating:

  • Contractors will gain more trust and confidence from clients,
  • Employees will get through more to managers, and get more respect, and
  • More trees will be better managed, and
  • Public perception of the industry will improve.

INDUSTRY BENEFITS

People who attend this workshop and apply some of what they have seen will work all over the province of Queensland. They will see opportunities for their new skills to exert a positive outcome, wherever there are trees. People they interact with along the way will see tree care in a new way when objectives are clarified and specifications are clear and to the point — increasing tree value.

The purpose of the course is directly parallel with the interests of the industry. If management is simplified, the benefits and contributions made by trees will shine through. As the value of trees is appreciated, the value in tree managers, arborists who report, goes up as well.


WORKSHOP PRICING:

QAA Qualified Member:     $275.00

QAA General Member:       $300.00

NON-Member:                     $330.00

Prices are GST inclusive.
Pricing includes Lunch and refreshments.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
CEU points will be available.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK

02 May 2017

Insurance Renewal 2018/2019

Members of the QAA are able to benefit from our long-term relationship with Fitzpatrick & Co. Please contact them directly and mention you are a QAA Member for your discount to be applied.

P: 1300 554 633

E: insure@fitzpatrick.com.au

What is available

  • Public Liability up to $20 million. Various policies and cover options are available.
  • Professional Indemnity.
  • Fitzpatrick & Co also offer other insurance products such as Tools of Trade, Personal Accident & Sickness, Plant and Equipment and Commercial Motor Vehicle.
20 Apr 2017

JAMBOREE 2017

NoosaNS

Date: Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of May 2017

Venue: Noosa North Shore Retreat (camping and accommodation available, book directly through the Noosa North Shore website or call 07 5447 1225)

Jamboree time: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Saturday

Cost: $25 per head for Jamboree participants only (this is to help cover Insurance and administrative costs for the day)
**All food and drink purchases will be the responsibility of attendees.
**Don’t forget the Ferry to get over to the island is $7.00 one way for a standard car 2WD & 4WD, for all other prices see website.

**To book children into the rock climb on either the Saturday or Sunday, please contact Bec in the office admin@qaa.net.au

Click here to book

 

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19 Apr 2017

Member Logins now Active

Many of you would have received an email communication advising that you can now log into the QAA website. Please follow the instructions to log in and ensure all details are up to date. Membership renewals will now be completed through the website, if you have not paid your membership, you will have 30 days before it will lock you out of your account.

If you require a RESEND WELCOME EMAIL sent to you, please email your request to office@qaa.net.au or alternatively call us on (07) 3821 1488.

There will be many features added as we grow this website. Keep an eye out on the Sponsors page. They are now able to access this and upload any information or sales/promotions they may have exclusive to our members.

 

13 Apr 2017

Rentmax – Finance

No Financials required on vehicles and equipment up to $150,000.

**terms & conditions apply**

Contact Stewart today – 0455 501 322

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