Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 8 July 2016
On Monday evening last week the LNA held its June General Meeting/Workshop. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to both our Gold Corporate Partner Dial A Product of the Dial A Dump Industries (DADI) group for hosting and catering this event, as well as our Corporate Platinum Partner Andreasens Green, for supplying the wonderful array of plants. It is certainly a pleasure to have such wonderful Corporate Partners that are clearly dedicated to the LNA's membership.
The workshop was very 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.
LNA President Matt Leacy introduced the evening by warmly welcoming everyone and thanking them for travelling to our headquarters despite the very cold night. Matt then followed this by introducing to the group the many new members of the LNA.
The June workshop focused on the LNA partnership with the DADI Group. Mark Pobje, Group Sales Manager gave an overview of the Group and its progressive approach to recycling and waste management. Of note to the attendees was the recycling process which enables the recovery of unwanted construction and building materials into quality landscaping and building products. He spoke about the Group's plans for future Waste-to-Energy infrastructure. This technology would be the first of its kind in New South Wales with the potential to generate enough energy to power around 200,000 homes and businesses whilst helping to address the state's waste disposal issues.
Investment in technology such as The Next Generation (NSW) Waste-to-Energy Facility marks the major growth of the organisation and the services and products they supply to the industry. We applaud their plans for further expansion in the future.
Mark also outlined the increase in the NSW EPA waste levy, how the levy impacts waste disposal in New South Wales and the ethical approach the company takes to the responsible disposal of waste at its Genesis Xero Waste Facility in Eastern Creek.
Paras Sharma, DADI Technical Sales Manager, then addressed the group. He outlined the different recycling processes and environmental measures they take to repurpose recycled materials. The quality end-products range from wood chips through to 10mm and 20mm aggregate and bedding sand. Jim Keaton, DADI Sales Representative, took the floor and explained the other range of services provided by the Group such as skip bins. He spoke about different waste types and what type of wastes could be accepted and recycled through DADI's services. He also highlighted that as part of their comprehensive service they are licenced to dispose of asbestos. Jim explained the process of managing this waste in a safe and responsible manner.
As a LNA Gold Corporate Partner, the DADI Group has exclusive offers specifically for LNA members. All landscaping and building products attract a 10% discount for LNA members, as does tipping fees at both their Eastern Creek and Alexandria sites.
Our thanks again to the DADI group for taking the time to send down their team of experts to address the LNA membership.
Stephen Maher from SafeWork NSW also came to the workshop to discuss and explain the importance of having SWMS (Safe Work Method Statements), as well as Work Health and Safety Management Plans. Members received valuable insight into how these measures can minimise the risks on work sites and even in the office. Risk analysis and management is a crucial part of all responsible businesses and keeping abreast of this area is something all our membership have in common. Stephen's talk was teamed with a discussion lead by Jacci Watson from Skyline Landscape Services, who also spoke about identifying what a risk and hazard is and putting in place control measures against the risks.
Stephens's PowerPoint Presentation can be reached by clicking here. He also supplied us with a fact sheet entitled 'The Meaning of High Risk' and you can access that document by clicking here.
The LNA are pleased to receive positive feedback of the June Workshop with members stating that they found the evening both enjoyable and useful with much new knowledge gained. We encourage our members to attend our future workshops and hope to see as many new and familiar faces as possible.
Were you unable to attend the workshop? In the coming weeks we will be uploading video footage of the evening to our website. These will be posted to the Members Only Resources section and we will let you know as soon as they become available, so watch this space.
If any Member is interested in hosting and/or contributing to a future LNA Member's Workshop we welcome your expression of interest.