Representing Arborists in Queensland & Nth NSW
04 Sep 2019

Introduction to Soil Science

When: Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Time: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Location: QAA Head Office: 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland QLD 4163


Workshop Outline:

In this workshop, led by a mycorrhizal specialist and soil biologist, Katia will introduce some general/technical knowledge enabling attendees to understand soil analysis, as well as comprehending soil fauna roles (both the good and bad). New tendencies and technologies for soil care will be discussed. You will learn basic soil science: soil physics (structure, texture, compaction), soil chemistry (pH, nutrients and nutrient cycling), and soil biology, as well as simple tests you can do on your own soil samples. With these foundations, we will discuss soil improvers and many practical how-to’s, including: 

  • Composts and compost teas
  • pH changers
  • Mulches
  • Microlife,macrolifeand soil beneficials 
  • Organic Materials
  • Improving structure and texture


Workshop Outcome:

This workshop aims to give you knowledge, tools and simple techniques to learn about and improve soil


Benefits to the Queensland Arboricultural Industry:

Filling the gaps between the world of research and the field. Sharing the knowledge for a better soil management.


Ticket Prices:

QAA Qualified Member: $140.00

QAA General Member: $155.00

NON QAA Member: $165.00

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET


About the Presenter:

Katia Plouznikoff is a soil biologist specialised in soil microbiology applied to agronomy. She works as an agronomist for Costa Avocados and has a fondness for mycorrhiza and plant biotechnologies. She has worked on several research projects aiming to sustainably improve crop cultures with the help of beneficial soil microorganisms. Thus Katia has spent long hours over a microscope looking at such microorganisms living in the rhizosphere, but what she likes the most is to inspect sites armed with her favorite tools such as: penetrometers, auger, moisture probes, pH probes, EC probes and Brix refractometers to conduct soil investigations for tree surgery, assessing tree and soil conditions, and performing soil sampling to establish soil chemical and physical profiles.

As an agronomist Katia carries out plant tissue analyses to investigate poisoning, contamination and nutrient deficiencies. Interpretation of soil tests and analyses combined with literature research allowed her to previously develop and implement biotechnologies for plant health care treatments such as microbial brewed compost and active mycorrhizal inoculum.

Katia is willing to share her knowledge to increase tree survival rates and promote a better tree management with sustainable organic practices to help make our environment greener. 


Cancellation Policy on Workshops & Events

All bookings are confirmed upon full payment to the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc. If you wish to cancel your booking, request must be made in writing.
Credits and Refunds:

  • 1 day prior or on the day – no credit or refund
  • Within 7 days of event – 25% credit or refund
  • Within 7-14 days of the Event – 50% credit or refund
  • Over 14 days before the Event – full credit or refund
02 Sep 2019

ArborCamp™ Invitation for Market Stallholders

We are excited to announce that we will be holding Arbor Camp™ in 2019. As supporters of our industry, we are personally inviting you to be a part of this event. This year the event is to be held over three days on 20th, 21st and 22nd of September at Rocky Creek Scout Camp – 3246 Old Gympie Road, Beerwah, Queensland 4519.

We are hoping to attract a wide range of spectators to this event and of course the arboriculture community. We are promoting a family orientated event, with our main objective to educate people within our industry. Your support and products you supply are a huge importance in being a part of this.  We ask that if you wish to accept our invitation to this year’s ArborCamp™, that you please complete the attached form, this ensures we designate you with space within the market stall area.

We will be asking all vendors to arrive on Thursday the 19th September to start the bump in, as we are wanting everything placed prior to the gates opening on Friday the 20th September. Upon Arrival you will need to locate Ben Inman or Tanya Johns who will direct you to your site and assist with any set up enquiries.

As a stall holder, we are offering you a 3 x 3 site* with a cost of $50 per site (keeping in line with current Market Stall prices). This money will need to be paid no later than 19th September 2019 to secure your spot.

In the weeks leading up to ArborCamp™, we will be promoting our sponsors and their businesses, please advise if there are any event specials or special merchandise you will be including at this Event. This will help us get the word out on what you are offering and hopefully make your site a draw card for attendees. Power on site is very limited, so please supply your own generator and tagged power cords if required.

If you have anything further to discuss or enquire about, please let us know, so we can assist you with your requirements.

We are also requesting if vendors have any promotional items, they could donate towards our kids showbags like stickers, brochures etc. we would be most appreciative.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Queensland Arboriculture Association. We look forward to your reply and most importantly your attendance at this event.

*As a stall holder only, you cannot display any items outside of this 3 x 3 site. If you wish to display bigger items or machinery outside of the allocated area, please speak to the organisers about other sponsorship options.

* The stall holder is responsible for suppling their own 3 x 3 marquee.

Registration Form:  131 KBMarket stall registration

 

 

Regards

 

QAA Executive Committee 2019

28 Aug 2019

ArborCamp™ – Tree Climbers Program

Tree Climbers Program will be run on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September 2019 from 9.30am

TREE CLIMBERS PROGRAM PRICE LIST:

QAA QUALIFIED MEMBER$60.00
QAA GENERAL MEMBER$75.00
NON-MEMBER$90.00

Includes site entry for 3 days to ArborCamp™

For accommodation and kids program booking, please ensure you add these options to your cart when placing your bookings.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Sure to be a popular Program at ArborCamp™ this year!!

The Boston Boys – Jamie, and Terry will be showing their expertise and giving some secrets away with training for all participants who take part in this Activity!

As with any tree-climbing event Gear checks, Waivers and Registrations forms will be required to be completed

 


HUMAN CLAW COMPETITION

Limited to 24 competitors ONLY

Imagine a toy claw machine you play at the arcade and shopping centres…this is a human version with a twist. 4 ropes with 4 different devices to pull yourself over the boxes to collect a prize.

This event will be a fun interactive game for participants. We have allocated 2 time slots over 2 days (Friday & Saturday) of ArborCamp™ for this event to be held, competitors are given a time limit to complete, hopefully allowing all competitors the opportunity to win a prize for their efforts.

Rules are simple:

 

28 Aug 2019

ArborCamp™ – Consultants Program

Consultants Program will be run on Friday 20th September 2019 from 9.30am

CONSULTANT PROGRAM PRICE LIST:

QAA QUALIFIED MEMBER$185.00
QAA GENERAL MEMBER$225.00
NON-MEMBER$255.00

Includes site entry for 3 days to ArborCamp™

For accommodation and kids program booking, please ensure you add these options to your cart when placing your bookings.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Matthew Daniels 
Global Urban Forest

Discussion on Tree Health & Soil Health relationships

Mathew Daniel is a leading internationally experienced Plant Health Care Arborist. With a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry and skilled in Soil and Plant Science, Sustainable Development, Advanced Compost Production, Natural Resource Management, and Environmental Awareness, Matthew is leading a developing Plant Health Care Industry.

Matthew has a diverse background with Arboriculture roots. A scholarship arborist of 23 years, with 3 years of PHC experience in Boston, USA. and over a decade of developing soil and plant health methodology based on measurable parameters and specialising in soil microbiology, Matthew is now working collaboratively on international research projects with colleagues at Michigan State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Matthew can deliver a detailed and practical working adaptation of the essential relationship between soil health and plant health and the application of new state of the art environmental sensors and web-based platforms.

Come listen to Matthew and learn about the new – Swinburne Uni  – School of Plant/ Soil Health and Environmental Sensing Technologies and talk about some of his latest projects, at this year’s QAA Arbor Camp!

Optimal tree and soil health can be achieved by applying a unique data collection method and approach in order to understand soil health parameters that are fundamental to plant health.

By approaching environmental assessment through a process of measuring complex plant and soil relationships between photosynthesis, soil biology, chemistry and physical structure a more accurate and sustainable understanding and management of natural assets can be achieved.

Armed with an elaborate collection of site sourced laboratory information, and environmental measures and sensor data, Matthew can develop remediation and maintenance programs based on natural processes to reduce decline and return the plant to an optimum level of vigor.

 


 

Janet McDonald 
Forest Health Surveillance, Forest Production & Protection Horticulture & Forestry Science

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Janet will be presenting her Pest and Disease Damage & Symptom Recognition Workshop. 

**Attendees will receive copies of Booklets: Forest Health Surveillance Damage Recognition & Forest Health Surveillance Collection Techniques.

Janet McDonald has been working with the Department of Agriculture, Forest Health Surveillance (FHS) team since 1998 conducting pests and disease surveys in forestry plantations throughout Queensland. Janet was part of the team of researchers who set up FHS systems in the South Pacific Islands and most recently in south-east Asia. She was responsible for establishing FHS systems in the sandalwood plantations in the Ord River Irrigation Area near Kununurra WA. After twenty years of experience conducting pest and disease surveys and collecting samples in the field, Janet is now looking forward to sharing her knowledge with industry professionals.

“Quite often the agent causing the problem will have been and gone but it’s the symptoms they leave behind that are important.”
“Damage to a tree can be occurring underground but the symptoms are showing above ground. You just need to know how to recognise them”.
“Simple techniques can be used in the field, for example, knowing the difference between chlorosis caused by toxicity or nutritional disorder”.

Types of damage:
Leaf chewing
Gall-forming – insect & fungal
Sap-sucking
Leaf tying
Stem/branch boring
Leaf pathogens
Cankers
Root pathogens
Nutritional disorders
Exotic/biosecurity agents

Field identification – “Some types of damage are specific to a particular agent which makes the problem identifiable in the field”

Field sample collection techniques and photography – “You could have the best sample in the field but if it’s not collected correctly it’s useless for identification”

Field equipment hygiene – “It’s important to practice field hygiene so that you’re not spreading the problem”

 

01 Aug 2019

Job Vacancy – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Manager Arboriculture

The Manager Arboriculture is responsible for the maintenance and development of tree assets and the implementation of RBGVs Tree Strategy at the Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens, to provide a safe and healthy tree collection for the enjoyment of the community.

Full Job Description click here

19 Jun 2019

Groundies Workshop

When: Wednesday 17th July 2019

Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Location: QAA Head Office: 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland (Conference Room 2 – enter via main reception doors)


Workshop Outline:

Classroom briefing on Work, Health & Safety (WHS) issues regarding work-site tools and equipment used is day-to-day tree work and the implications of a mismanaged site or the if tools are incorrectly used.

Discuss the important use of job safety analysis and toolbox meetings.

  • Tasks when arriving to work-site (Crew leader, climber and groundsman).
  • Communicating and setting up the job site allowing for smooth and safe tasks to be completed in an efficient manner and all involved knows their roles and responsibilities. 

Work-site simulation of tree work including rigging of branches handling as efficient and safe as possible to maintain an efficient and safe work site. Discuss communication between staff members.

  • Real Rigging scenario with target landing
  • Examine forces demonstrating some interesting rigging scenarios that could easily overload systems and cause failures in either equipment or the tree itself. Which leads to the what if the worst-case scenario happens!

Correct use of wood-chippers and manual handling. Conversation on stump grinders and chainsaws.


Workshop Outcome:

To be efficient, safer and practically organised on the work site

Increased awareness of potential risk and how to avoid or eliminate them

PRICES:

Prices include GST

QAA Qualified Member:

 $170.00

QAA General Member:

 $185.00

Non Member:

 $195.00

12 Jun 2019

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
Location: QAA Head Office: 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland QLD 4163
Time: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Registration Deadline: 1st September 2019

Class Size is Limited to 20

The TRAQ Renewal Course is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours to take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the course as early as three and one-half (3 1/2) years into their Qualification (18 months before your expiration date).  

Once you have successfully passed the renewal requirements, you will be given 5 years from the date of your previous expiration allowing you to take full advantage of the 5 year period granted with the credential.

Your instructor for this event will be Mark Roberts.

You will review:
   –   Levels of assessment
   –   Target assessment
   –   Site assessment
   –   Tree biology and mechanics
   –  Tree inspection and assessment
   –   Data analysis and risk categorisation
   –   Mitigation
   –   Reporting

Included in your registration:
 –   course registration
 –   exam fee
 –   the TRAQ renewal manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide (NO PO Boxes)
 –   the TRAQ renewal workbook (handed out at the class)
 –   morning tea, 
lunch and beverages for the day

Travel and lodging is on your own.

Eligibility:
To be able to register for the TRAQ Renewal workshop you must hold a TRAQ credential. You may complete the TRAQ Renewal workshop as early as 18 months prior to your qualification expiration date. Participants are asked to bring their TRAQ Risk Assessment manual and clipboard to training. 

All Applications will be reviewed for approval. Your registration will be finalised via email.

Once your current expiration date passes, you will need to retake the full course and assessment to be reinstated.

Confirmation Packet:
You will receive a confirmation packet with a letter containing the date and time of the course and the name of the appropriate contact person. Confirmation packets are shipped three weeks prior to the date the course begins.

Confirmation packets will be shipped using UPS to the address provided on the personal information registration page. Please provide a physical shipping address.

What is required to bring to the class:
 – your government issued photo ID
 – your TRAQ Manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide)
 – your TRAQ Workbook (will be handed out at the class)

 – your hard hat and high visiblity vest or shirt  (required)
 – #2 pencils and clipboard for taking notes and completing worksheets
 – rain gear, including a large ziplock bag (just in case!)
 – 
come prepared to spend part of the day outdoors
 – 
please dress for your comfort level indoors and outdoors; 
    we cannot always control the room 
temperature to suit everyone 

Special Testing Accommodations Requests:
If you have an accommodation request, please complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it with your application. You may find the form online at

www.isa-arbor.com/Accommodations. The process may take up to several months and may not allow enough time to attend this particular class.

 
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
All bookings are confirmed upon full payment to the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc.

Registrations are limited to 20 people. 
If you wish to cancel your booking, request must be made in writing.

Credits and Refunds:

  • 1 day prior or on the day – no credit or refund.
  • Within 7 days of event – 20% credit or refund.
  • Within 8-30 days of event – 35% credit or refund.
  • Over 31 days before event – full credit or refund.

**Credits are valid within the same calendar year.

Cancellations:

The Queensland Arboricultural Association reserves the right to cancel any activity due to lack of bookings up to two days prior to an event or course.

Please contact us to confirm that your event will go ahead before booking travel or accommodation.

PRICES:

Prices include GST

ISA Member:

$500.00

QAA Qualified Member:

$550.00

QAA General Member:

$600.00

Non-QAA Member:

$700.00

 

 

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