Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 2 November 2018
On Friday 26 October 2018, the LNA Master Landscapers Association held their annual Landscape Excellence Awards. One of the highlights of the evening was a speech given by one of the many judges for the awards, David Bambridge, Director of The Gardenmakers.
"Welcome to the 2018 LNA awards night. Thank you for attending. It is important for Indigenous communities as a mark of respect, to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the place that an event or celebration is held. In this case tonight it's the Gadigal of the Eora Nation.
In a similar vein as a mark of respect I would like to acknowledge and thank our elders past and present of the LNA and its precursor the LCA - your industry association that has provided the celebration tonight. Many of those people who formed the initial board nearly 40 years ago in 1979 and the subsequent directors since this time, together with the association staff and other contributors of time and expertise continue to provide encouragement and support.
Thank you all for your generosity in giving freely of your time often at the expense of other parts of your life to make our industry as strong and as it has now become. You all share the same passion.
Because of the efforts and vision of these past and present custodians of the landscape industry we enjoy benefits not present in other sectors of Horticulture and Construction.
We have specialist landscape trade and Diploma courses producing highly skilled individuals that are the envy of many overseas countries. Because of you we have strong and widely recognised apprenticeship schemes. Because of you we enjoy the benefits that a licensed and regulated trade delivers in the minds and decisions of government, in the commercial marketplace and in the public perception. Because of you we have since 1980 celebrated an annual awards event that demonstrated the excellence in Landscape that exists in our profession.
There is a Chinese proverb that says "One generation plants the seed and the next generation enjoys the shade of the tree."
Entering an awards competition is something that occurs in many walks of life - it may be the Archibald or Sullman for painters, the Nobel for Science and literature or even the Grand finals in the NRL or A league for sports.
They obviously all pale in comparison to our LNA Award surely.
Each competition requires a rare combination of skill, teamwork, persistence and importantly opportunity.
Tonight's awards are no different. In the case of Landscape - a good client with a healthy budget and a creative design also assists. Judging panels are formed across our Industry including TAFE, Contractors, and Design Professionals to ensure a diverse range of observation and analysis is applied. Scope, complexity, compliance to the brief and sustainability were factors that contributed to the final adjudications. The judging for these awards has been equal parts rigorous, exhausting and enriching for those involved.
The margins for achieving success are extremely fine in all competitions and tonight's awards are no different. In a number of instances the entries were nearly inseparable on points.
As contractors and other professionals you will appreciate the importance of a well presented and detailed quote or tender in securing a project.
"The devil is in the detail" is the often used expression.
The level of information and criteria required to be assesed by the judges meant that the winners were those whose entries addressed all the items - not unlike a competitive tender or quote needs to do to win the Landscape job in the beginning.
Finally - To all tonight's entrant, congratulations. Your entry has contributed to showcasing our profession and demonstrated to your staff, clients and peers the calibre of your work. If not successful this year, it's likely just a stepping stone to a future award winning project.