Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 2 September 2016
Last month's General Meeting and Workshop encompassed both very serious LNA and industry business, as well as an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with some impressive Husqvarna equipment. We would like to extend our gratitude to both our Titanium Corporate Partner Husqvarna for hosting and catering this event and taking the time to show us all some of their newest and most popular products. Their sponsorship of the LNA certainly gives our members the edge on their competitors! We would also like to thank our Platinum Corporate Partner Andreasens Green for supplying the spectacular array of plants.
As always, the workshop was well attended by members who enjoyed the opportunity to network with colleagues and continue their professional development. The turnout is a testament to the success of the workshops and the value LNA members find in the information provided.
After welcoming attendees and introducing our new members, Greg Soster, our LNA Vice President, then followed this by giving a brief overview of what becoming a member is all about and what the LNA does for the industry.
With these formalities out of the way, the August workshop focused on the Industry Sign off in which the new training packages are introduced. This is a crucial issue for the future of our industry and it is vital that LNA members have the opportunity to ensure that education inclusions and standards meet the needs of members, the industry and the wider community. The presentation given by Judith Bates of TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute and the LNA Board Member responsible for the Education Portfolio, explained to the membership the different courses and electives offered at the TAFEs. The explanation of the training package is extremely important so members can understand how the courses work and the particular core electives that should be undertaken by students of Landscaping and Landscape Contracting.
Judy also advised that a survey would be sent out to members in which they could have a say on the courses they want as core subjects for the new AHC Training package.
Following the training package discussion, Stephen Clark from Husqvarna introduced Mick Conway from Conway Landscaping & Design who was the working partner of Charlie Albone and built the 2016 Chelsea Garden. Mick Conway has built 19 Melbourne Show Gardens, 1 Sydney Show Garden and this year's Chelsea Show Garden was his 6th entry. Mick gave the members an insight into the building of a show garden and his overall experience.
Stephen Clark also introduced the Husqvarna Australia team and highlighted their solid alliance with the LNA. Stephen gave a presentation on the history of Husqvarna and its many products, including equipment ranging from a robotic lawnmower to their telescopic pole saws. The team also set up a hands-on demonstration section for members to use a few of their new tools. This was a wonderful opportunity for members to see the quality of the products and learn from the experts about the equipment's many advantages and efficiencies. This was a highly enjoyable part of the meeting and added some extra fun and levity to the proceedings.
Husqvarna also have a rewards program for the LNA and its members in which members can receive 20% off their tools and personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are in the market for some new tools or equipment we suggest you take advantage of this exclusive offer to save yourself some cash while guaranteeing quality performance.
The LNA are pleased to receive positive feedback on the August Workshop with members stating that they found the evening enjoyable and useful with much new knowledge gained. We encourage members to attend our future workshops as they are both informative and extend their continued professional development.
Were you unable to attend the workshop? We have posted the video footage from the evening in our member's only resource section. To access this video, click here and select the August 2016 footage. Husqvarna have also kindly furnished us with a number of videos about their equipment and how to use it. These have been uploaded to our Training Workshop Videos section and you can access them all by clicking here.