Representing Arborists in Queensland & Nth NSW
PO Box 327, Cleveland Q. 4163
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
19 Jul 2017

2017 Queensland Tree Climbing Championships

When: Friday 25th & Saturday 26th August 2017
Where: Baden Powell Scout Camp: 68 Cash Avenue, Samford Valley QLD 4520
Gear Checks: Commence at 7.30am on Friday
Competition Start: 11:00am on Friday

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  • Gear Checks will available from 7:30am on Friday 25th August. 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 – Coast to Coast Golden Roast

Entry Fees for Competitors:

$165              QAA Member ($185 after 14th August 2017)

$190              QAA Non-Member ($210 after 14th August 2017) Not eligible to win major prize

$100              Rookie/Student

 

Entry into the Presentation Dinner for family & Friends of Climbers at Baden Powell Park in the Snow Centre:

$25                Adult Banquet

$16                4 – 10-year-old Banquet

FREE             3 and under

453 KBQTCC QLD COMPETITOR REGISTRATION FORM 2017 367 KBQTCC_DISCLAIMER_2017 97 KBQTCC GEAR CHECK_2017

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 let the QAA office know via phone 07 3821 1488 or email admin@qaa.net.au

We look forward to hearing from you.


ACCOMMODATION:

There is camping available on site at an extra cost. If you wish to take up this option please contact the QAA office who can organise this. There are also other accommodation options available around the area if you do a quick google search.

 

 


The QAA has sponsorship packs available for the event.

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

Phone: 07 3821 1488

Email: admin@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.


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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.


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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

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30 Mar 2017

CYCLONE DEBBIE

After the Storm ….. is there hope? ….. Stop before you ‘lop’!

It’s cyclone and storm season and don’t we know it! Sending out commiserations to all our colleagues and those affected by Cyclone Debbie.

One of the more immediate and obvious major obstacles to the cleanup ahead is the need to deal with damaged trees – standing, broken and fallen.

Neighbourhoods may look like there’s no hope for the future but trees are renowned for their resilience! Not all trees are beyond repair or regeneration but it is vital that they are cared for properly!

When seeking help do make sure you seek the help of a qualified Arborist! Don’t be tempted to accept the help of someone knocking on your door offering to Top and Lop your trees and clean up every last leaf left within the canopy of your tree! To see more about what questions you should ask those offering to assist you please see below:

Someone qualified to carry out your tree work should be able to provide you with:

  • Proof of insurances
  • Proof of their experience and qualifications including AQF Level III
  • Assurance that they know and understand how to prune to the collar and all other guidelines within Australian Standard 4373:2007-Pruning of amenity trees
  • They are not going to use climbing spikes if your tree is to be retained

Further helpful facts:

  • If the damage is high in the tree, or large branches are involved. It’s a job for a professional climbing arborist
  • Check the yellow pages, or use your favourite search engine to locate a “Tree Surgeon” or “Arborist” – look for companies employing Qualified Arborists (Those carrying out any pruning should hold Minimum AQF Level 3 in Arboriculture).
  • Say NO to the use of spikes for climbing your tree!
  • Don’t accept offers to ‘lop’ your tree right back! Untrained or uninformed tree “loppers” may tell you they must cut back all the branches to “shape” the tree, or they may suggest that shorter trees will be less likely to fail in future wind storms.
  • Topped or lopped’ trees are more likely to future failure than un-topped tree!
  • Ask the Arborist you employ if they are familiar with Australian Standard AS4373 (2007) Pruning of Amenity Trees . Will they be pruning to the branch collar?
  • Regardless of the size or age, a Qualified Arborist can advise on the likelihood of your trees recovery –  young trees are often able to recover and develop new structure.
  • Remember that the decisions you make now may have long term consequences for your trees.

NB: You may need your local Council’s approval before you carry outs significant prune or remove any protected tree. Your qualified Arborist will be able to advise you on your local Council Vegetation  Laws. In most emergency circumstances, an AQF Level V qualified Arborist will be able to provide the necessary report and authorise the emergency removal of a tree in imminent danger of failing and causing damage to persons or property.

Some trees that may have failed or suffered major damage as they weathered extreme storm forces as they protected surrounding infrastructure.

Concerned? Love your trees?  If you are concerned about the safety of trees that are still standing, it is worthwhile considering the fact that they have weathered many other storms in the past. However, if you value your trees consider engaging an Arborist to check their health and stability could save you significant money and save your tree for you to enjoy for many years to come.

How to select a Qualified Arborist

  • AVOID DOOR KNOCKERS: after storms, many people call to offer their services – they may even call themselves ‘arborists’ or tree ‘loppers’ and although they may have a chainsaw they have no training. Sadly their best skills are removing money from the pockets of unsuspecting consumers and leaving a mutilated tree unlikely to survive their call. Unskilled workers may do more harm than good.
  • Look in the Yellow Pages or similar reputable resource under ‘Consulting Arboriculturalist’, ‘Tree Surgery’ or ‘Arboriculturist’. Seek the advice of reputable websites such as The Queensland Arboricultural Association (QAA) to see listings for Qualified Members in your area.
  • Ask for Certificates of Insurance: Public Liability (Minimum $10,000,000) and Workers Compensation as well as arboricultural training credentials and work experience.
  • A qualified Consulting Arborist can advise you on the extent of necessity of work prior to commencement. Ascertaining the safety and/or extent of damage to your tree before engaging the tree service Arborists could save you considerable expense and further unnecessary damage to your tree – likewise these Arborists should be able to present evidence of their arboricultural qualifications, experience and Professional Indemnity insurance.

Other questions to ask:

  • Is there evidence of ground heave around the base of the tree?
  • Other than the obvious damage, is the tree generally healthy?
  • Are major limbs or the main leader broken?
  • Is at least half of the tree undamaged?
  • How large are the wounds?
  • Is the tree appropriate for its location?

Before the next Storm…..how to prepare and protect your valuable green asset

Trees add value to your property and liveability to your house – it’s 5-10oC cooler under a tree!! Just as you need to paint your house and maintain the gutters while looking after your generally most valuable asset, as part of your Housekeeping, your trees need attention on regular basis too – Why? – because trees contribute monetary value to your (typically) the most valuable asset you own. Your trees need maintenance too!

Are your trees inspected regularly? Keep an eye on things. Large trees should be assessed by someone qualified in the care of trees! How often? – As a guide, for well cared for larger trees, inspection may only be necessary every two years or thereabouts- sooner if you notice issues of concern to you though – Address problems early on at a time that suits you – don’t wait until an emergency when everyone else needs help too! A qualified and experienced arborist can undertake inspections efficiently and economically – they can help you to better understand your tree which you see and enjoy each day. With a little help and their advice you will be able to ask for their assistance should issues concerning you arise.

Some issues to look for – watch for potential Hazards – Investigate the condition of your trees. You or a qualified arborist should look for damage such as cracks in the trunk or major limbs; hollow, aged, and decayed trees; hanging branches; improperly formed branches; one-sided or significantly leaning trees and branches that may come into contact with a house.

Know your tree species – A qualified arborist can evaluate your trees for hardiness, resilience and suitability for your property. Some species are more prone to storm damage. Being aware of which trees may succumb to harsh weather conditions, will help you decide if you want to replace a tree because it is a weed species, large growing or it is a species prone to sudden failure.

Why is it important not to ‘Top or Lop’ trees – Untrained individuals who knock on doors urging residents to have their trees cut back  (or “lopped”) or offering to remove all branches in the mistaken belief that it will help avoid breakage in future storms can actually cause so much damage that your tree may die! Or worse become far more dangerous as a result of their handiwork! ‘Lopping and Topping’ is not only extremely harmful and unhealthy for your trees but is likely to lead to profuse regrowth which then becomes dangerous in storm weather due to its poor attachment to the tree stem! A professional arborist will explain why severe removal of leaf and branch structure is called “topping and lopping”. That is, the excessive removal of leaves and main branches cut to stubs effectively removes the lungs of a tree and diminishes its ability to photosynthesise which is the process used by trees to replenish their stores of sugars that sustain the life of a healthy tree! Weakly attached branches are far more likely to shear free of the tree stem in wild weather, breaking free and becoming airborne missiles when a storm strikes.

In short – a ‘lopped or topped’ tree suffering major storm damage is far more likely to die than repair itself.

Insurance – Published research has proven that trees increase property values by up to 20%. It is wise to check to see if your homeowners insurance cover includes damage to your landscape as a result of unnatural causes (“Acts of God”). Consider including the total value of your trees when listing your assets for coverage. A certified arborist can inspect your trees and provide an estimated value report for your insurance provider.

Remember, trees are dynamic living things which require proper care. Hiring an AQF qualified arborist to can assist you with pre-storm inspections and post-storm restoration can help you to avoid the unnecessary loss of your trees.

The Queensland Arboricultural Association (QAA) would like to acknowledge and thank Energex for their valued input into this brochure. Please remember to seek their advice if there is entanglement of powerlines and your tree.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO CARRY OUT TREE WORK OR REMOVAL OF DEBRIS WITHIN THE SURROUNDS OF LIVE OR FALLEN POWERLINES!! To report a dangerous situation such as wires down, please ring Energex Hotline on 13 19 62 or emergency services on 0 0 0

The Queensland Arboricultural Association (QAA), is a not for profit organisation supporting tree care and the tree care industry throughout Queensland and northern NSW. Dedicated to the ideal of a sustainable urban forest and maintaining and promoting knowledge of caring for trees – an asset for future generations to enjoy – the health and safety of your trees can be enhanced by your diligent care.

 

17 Mar 2017

The ARB Show – UK

The UK are gearing up for their annual trade fair, The ARB Show, held at Westonbirt the National Arboretum, Gloucestershire; and would like to extend an invitation to all ISA members. Our show is held over 12th-13th May and they have over 100 exhibitors, selling everything from wood chippers to books. There will be live demonstrations, competitions, walks, talks and lots of family activities for those with very small trainee arborists… you can find out more on their website and Facebook pages.

ISA members can attend free of charge both days and will have free entry to the entire arboretum as well as the show – all they need to do is show their ISA membership card at the gate.

24 Jul 2016

Handy Information for Small Business Owners

Coming into tax time this may be helpful to some of you small business owners out there.

Growing jobs and small business – expanding accelerated depreciation for small businesses

https://www.ato.gov.au/general/new-legislation/in-detail/direct-taxes/income-tax-for-businesses/small-business—expanding-accelerated-depreciation/

Who is eligible?

Any business that meets the definition of a small business entity, that is one with an aggregated turnover less than $2 million, may be eligible to claim an immediate deduction for the cost of depreciating assets acquired for less than $20,000.

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