Latest Updates
{LNA Breaking New Ground}
LNA Master Landscapers Association are proud to announce they have formed an International Industry partnership with Landscaping New Zealand LIANZ.
Both Associations have a common goal to promote professionalism and quality in the landscaping industry and to support and represent landscaping professionals who are serious about quality trade practice.
To learn more about Landscaping New Zealand click here

LNA 2015 charity partner: Vinnies CEO Sleepout charity event for homeless services The
Press release 14 April, 2015

The LNA Master Landscapers Association is proud and excited to announce they will be participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2015 charity event, which aims to raise awareness of, and funds for, homeless services. LNA, CEO Joanne Aquilina has been nominated by Board Member Judy Bates to represent the industry Association at this year's event.
As the LNA Ambassador, Joanne will join with business leaders from all over the state who will be sleeping out for one night on 18 June 2015. The LNA want to encourage their members and industry professionals, either individual or corporate members to contribute to this worthy cause.
To support Joanne in her fundraising efforts, click here go to To read more  click here

LNA SUBMISSION TO THE CONSULTATION PAPER: DETERMINING THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PRIORITIES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY
Added 9.4.2015
The LNA recently made a submission to the consultation paper: Determining the strategic investment prioirities for the Australian Horticultural Industry. Within this submission we supported both submissions made by Turf Australia and NGIA.
Extract from our submission:
We asked that LNA as the key representative body be a representative participant in the determination, provision and delivery of programs and initiatives that will promote the horticultural lifestyle industry in general. 
Landscape professionals are integral to the delivery of horticultural stock to the consumer both residential and commercial.  The advent of new technologies including specialist infrastructure re-vegetation, green roofs, green walls, edible gardens and environmental management and sustainability principles embedded in the regulatory controls means landscaping has a presence in the increasingly diverse market segments for horticultural produce. The anticipated increase in new and refurbishment works for residential single and multi unit dwellings and civil construction is where we see major growth in our industry over the next 3-5 years. This is especially so as the mining industry winds back and the focus on domestic consumption occurs.
To read the full submission click here



EPA - The raw mulch order 2014
Added 9.4.2015
LNA Members Alert :
The Raw Mulch Order 2014
This order, issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under clause 93 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (Waste Regulation), imposes the requirements that must be met by suppliers of raw mulch to which 'the raw mulch exemption 2014' applies. The requirements in this order apply in relation to the supply of raw mulch for application to land as a soil amendment. To read more Click here
Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014
The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (the '2014 Waste Regulation') commenced on 1 November 2014. Some changes will commence in 2015.
In accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989, in 2013 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook an extensive review of the waste regulatory framework. As a result, the 2014 Waste Regulation external link and Waste Levy Guidelines (PDF 612KB) commenced on 1 November 2014. To read more Click here
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Regal Innovations - Commercial Member - Creating Sydney's new iconic green space - Barrangaroo North Headland
The LNA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and commend, LNA Commercial Member Regal Innovations, for the fantastic landscape construction works they are currently undertaking in conjunction with Baulderstone / Lend Lease on the Barangaroo North Headland. A number of LNA members have been heavily involved in the Growing and Creating of Sydney's New Iconic Green Space Barangaroo. We would also like to recognise consulting horticulturist and LNA Life Member Stuart Pittendrigh, (Owner, Norcue Pty Ltd)
Regal is playing a major role in this redevelopment, building terraced walls and stair cases, extending 11 metres through the new reshaped headland with innovative planning incorporating the original plant material that would have been found on this site. Approximately 75,000 trees, shrubs and groundcovers will be completed by the end of the project with trees ranging from transplant figs to 600L banksia species. The planting material has been specifically chosen for the micro climates within the site with damp forest species selected for the southern facing terraces to dry heath land species on the exposed north-western side. Soil is being developed on site using crushed sandstone and additional organic material. All material used is recycled and the sandstone cut to selected sizes for pavers, staircases, retaining walls and sea walls.
About Barangaroo:
Sydney's largest redevelopment project is located on the Western edge of the CBD. The global financial hub and headland park is being created as a landmark for Sydney's economic future and to give maximum access to the harbour.
Owned by the NSW State Government and managed by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the former container port is to be transformed into a 22 hectare financial, residential, retail and community destination.
The cost of the transformation is estimated to be $6 billion and the waterfront precinct will inject more than $1.5 billion into the NSW economy annually.
It is estimated that 23,000 people will occupy the Barangaroo precinct for both living and working purposes. It is expected that around 33,000 people will visit Barangaroo each day and over 12 million people each year.
The site has been divided into three development areas, the Headland Park, Barangaroo Central and Barangaroo South. The Barangaroo master plan will also include a fully integrated public transport system.
Construction of Barangaroo South commenced in 2011 and construction of Headland Park commenced in 2012.
'Barangaroo is a great opportunity to showcase Sydney as a world leader in sustainability.  Barangaroo's goal is to be the first precinct of its size in the world and certainly the first CBD precinct in Australia, to be climate positive'. Barangaroo Delivery Authority, to read more click here
In case you missed it, click here to view a highlight video from the recent LNA February 2015 'The Green Workshop' Growing and Creating Sydney's new iconic green space Barangaroo
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LNA | Have a Hippity Hop happy Easter.
Enjoy the holiday break with friend and family, that is filled with lots of sweet and special treats. May the blessings come over flowing. The LNA Team.............
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LNA Members to be Applauded! - Behind the Scenes Workshop hosted by Design Landscapes
Published 24.3.2015


Thank you to all the Members and Sponsorship Partners for attending the first ever, LNA Behind the Scenes Workshop. We are celebrating this step in the Associations journey and are grateful for the support that you have given us over the years to get us to this stage. We were delighted to see more than 30 LNA Contractor Member Companies represented and to introduce attending new members Rivers Edge Turf and Good Wood.
And Oh boy, didn't Mike Platt & his Team live up to his company's moto "Leading by Example" and generously hosting this first of its kind workshop.
We were treated to an overview of Design Landscapes and the company's evolution. Food and refreshments were plentiful, and served by a team of very capable first and third year apprentices to kick start what was to be an authentic demonstration of a Member's willingness to openly share details of his commercial landscaping operation.
The workshop provided an open forum for discussion and included a Q & A segment. This insight and inside knowledge will no doubt place members in good steed, allowing each and every one to takeaway something to adopt in their own businesses.
Mike himself emphasised the importance of entering projects into the LNA Awards. It was in fact upon winning an award in 2000 that Design Landscapes took a dramatic turn and evolved into an internationally acclaimed landscape construction company allowing them to tap into multiple overseas markets.
Members were then broken into groups and rotated around 4 project stations that included:
Estimating
The Pod Playground
Centenary Square
OCP
Towards the close of the workshop, Members came together again for Mike's final presentation, which covered off on a range of specialised themed surface finishes and products that are being developed and applied in response to meeting the diverse demands of his Disney client.
A big thank you to Mike Platt and his team at Design Landscapes for a sensational night enjoyed by all who attended.
"That was an excellent function that provided value and inspiration to all attendees. I was very impressed by Michael and his team and it was a quality evening that reflected well on the LNA and all involved. 2 good events to start 2015."
Peter Knox, Alpine Nurseries (LNA Gold Sponsor)
Unable to attend? - In the coming weeks you can log into the members only section of the website, to gain access to the footage captured together with copies of each presentation from the 'Behind the Scenes' workshop.
If any Member is interested in hosting a future LNA Member "Behind the Scenes" Workshop we welcome your expression of interest please click here and we will be in contact with you shortly

 


Do you use Round up?
Added 10.3.2015
If you use Roundup you dont want to miss this seminar for Landscape gardeners. Sydney Events - Monday 23rd March 2015 at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000 - 2.30 4.30pm To register Click here
Roundup is a commonly used weedkiller. Councils spray it on roadsides and parks; farmers and home gardeners use it to grow food and on lawns.Many believe it is so safe you can drink it and that it breaks down quickly in soil. Do we know what affect this chemical is having on us?
High levels of Roundup has been found in the breast milk of mothers in the US, in the urine of city dwellers in Europe and in rainwater, soil, air and food.Studies link it to infertility, birth defects, cancer and hormone disruption.
This seminar is a unique opportunity to discuss the science and the health implications with three international experts


LNA Welcome New Members March 2015
5.3.2015
Dezigna Landscapes
Revive Landscapes
Amanzi Landscapes
BTM Trades
Let Us Landscape
Land Forms Pty Ltd
Glenn Simpson Landscapes
Urban Turf Solutions
Rivers Edge Turf
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LNA February Meeting & Green Work Shop
24.2.2015
To all of you that were able to make it to our event last night, hosted by Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries thank you so much for attending and in turn continuing your professional development and accruing points. We hope you all had a wonderfully informative evening, we know we did!
Here is a picture from the night, and we hope you enjoyed the pizza's and company of your peers.
Unable to attend?
In the coming week you can log into the members only section of the website, to gain access to the footage captured together with copies of each presentation from the 'Green Workshop'
We hope that you can take from the information provided something of value, that can be useful or applied to your own business.
We are pleased to announce that the LNA are broading it's training events to now include members only exclusive behind the scenes workshops, that will be hosted by LNA commercial and residential members. The first of which will be hosted by Design Landscapes.
LNA members only can now register to attend the March LNA Workshop to be held on Monday 23 March 2015. Numbers are limited so click here to register today. Stay tuned for further information on this exclusive behind the scenes event.
Thank you for supporting your association and allowing us to assist you to grow your business and the industry together.
Kind regards - The LNA Team
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LNA Announced as Official Association - 2015 Forum
18.2.15
MIRAMARE GARDENS EVENT CENTRE - 48 MYOORA ROAD, TERREY HILLS 2084
To be held 25 26 JUNE 2015
Landscape businesses need constant care. So often, business operators are focused on the needs of their customers, they neglect their own issues. Just like in nature, if businesses aren't continually nurtured and replenished, they struggle to bear fruit and grow.
The Landscape Forum helps redress the balance. This trade-only event targets professionals involved in the design, specification, construction and maintenance of public, commercial and residential landscapes.
Matt Leacy, President,  and Joanne Aquilina CEO LNA Master Landscapers Association explain, "As an industry association we represent the landscaping and garden industry, we believe the Landscape Forum offers the very best opportunity to engage with industry experts, participate in panel discussions and gain knowledge that will enhance your businesses and career."
"The LNA is an enthusiastic supporter and the Official Association of the Landscape Forum and we encourage all members to attend in force, to be both educated and inspired."
The Landscape Forum is set to inspire, educate, continue professional development and offer information on the latest products and cutting edge green technology. To find out more click here
LNA Official Association 2015 Landscape forum

 

Green Industry Charity Starts With Golf
To register click here
Not long until the annual green industry charity golf tournament. It's at the beautiful Greg Norman designed Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club in Colebee (just off the M7 near Richmond Road) on Friday 20 March from 7.30am to 2pm.
The organisers are looking for:
o   Sponsors - hole sponsorships available with generous player entitlements; golf clothing sponsors (caps, gloves, ball markers, etc.);
o   Auction items - sporting memorabilia, fine art, etc.
o   Prizes - weekends away, wine or spirits, power tools, appliances etc.
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LNA 2013 - 2014 Report
14.1.2015
Please take the time to read the detailed report prepared for your information.
Table of contents includes:
Past Presidents Report 2013-2014 & Presidents  Report 2014 -2015 - Meet the LNA Board of Directors - Meet the LNA Team - 'Embrace the Landscape" Australian Garden Show Sydney - Training and Education Program and Calendar - Redefinition of Structural Landscaping  - Ownership of Landscape Job's Australia -  Swimming Pool Regulation Industry Alinement -  Green Industries Charity Golf Day -  Singapore Study Tour -  2013 2014 LNA Landscape Excellence Awards Industry and Projects -  LNA Partners -  Charities the LNA has supported in 2013/14 -  Appendix LNA financial Statement Click here

 

LNA 2013 2014 Report
What Is Smart & Skilled
Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system.Qualifications (and part qualifications) which are on NSW Skills lists will have government subsidies ( or VET fee help). Students enrolling in government subsidised courses will have new fee and eligibility arrangements.
Who is eligible?
Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
Aged 15 or older
no longer at school
Living or working in NSW
Also any student registered as a NSW apprentice or New entrant trainee
2015 student fees
Training is described as a shared investment so students and government share cost of training
Fees based on whole of qualification not as annual fees as at present

So what does this mean?
These prices for qualifications are the same, no matter where you go prices are set by the government
Training is going to cost a lot more for our industry
Reduced funding to TAFEs (may be different for private RTOs

To read more important information on Smart and Skilled 2015 Prices, fees and subsidies click here

 

 

 

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Major Changes to home building laws
15.1.2014
Click here to view an outline of the new laws aimed to help to modernise industry practices, reduce red tape and support consumer confidence and building activity across NSW. For specific details refer to the NSW Fair Trading web pages - Comparison of home building laws and Frequently asked questions.
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2015 Industry Calendar
5/12/14
SAVE THESE IMPORTANT 2015 DATES - Pencil some of these into your diaries now:
Monday 23 February 2015 Accrue Certified Landscape Professionals points at the LNA February General meeting - Green Workshop Hosted by Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries
Green Industry Golf Day 2015 - 20 March 2015 at Stonecutters Ridge To raise funds for the Ingham Institute
For all LNA 2015 event dates Click here and if you are interested in hosting a workshop or training day contact Joanne Aquilina directly phone (0407)799 449 email: joanne@landscapenswact.com.au
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Superannuation Changes
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The Small Business Clearing House and Choice of Fund

The Federal Government has announced that it will expand access to the Small Business Clearing House (SBCH) to all businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million.  This means that from 1 July 2015 employers whose turnover is less than $2 million or who employ 19 or fewer employees may be eligible to use the SBCH.  Click here
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AFEI's Training Calendar is out now!
AFEI's 2015 Training Calendar offers a large range of practical short courses that will provide participants with knowledge, new skills and practical tools and techniques to put into practice.

Our range of courses covers human resources, employment law, supervision and people management, essential skills for success in business, making the workplace safe and developing trainers and assessors.

AFEI has been offering training to business for over 25 years and all our courses are delivered by professionals with a high level of industry experience in the fields in which they train.

Please click on the picture below to access the Training Calendar.  Full course outlines can be accessed by clicking here
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Commencement of The Home Building Amendment Act 2014
12/12/14
The majority of the provisions in the Amendment Act and the 2014 Regulation will commence on 15 January 2015,  following are the major changes:
The threshold for when a licence is required for building and general trade work is being raised from over $1,000 worth of work to over $5,000 (including labour and materials). Specialist work such as plumbing, electrical and air conditioning will still require a licence regardless of the cost of work.
Increased penalty provisions to allow custodial sentences of imprisonment for up to 12 months as a sentencing option for repeat offenders of unlicensed contracting and not providing required insurance.
Owner-builders will be required to name all other owners of the land to ensure all owners of land are unable to obtain another permit for a different property for five years. It will also not be possible to obtain a permit for a dual occupancy unless special circumstances exist. 
It will no longer be mandatory for owner-builders to obtain statutorily required insurance if they wish to sell a property within the warranty period. Vendors will be required to include a conspicuous note on the contract for sale that there is no insurance on the property.  However, contractors working for an owner-builder will still need to provide home warranty insurance to owner-builders for all work over $20,000.
Stand-alone contracts for internal paintwork no longer require a licence, unless done as part of other home building work. 
Tightening licence eligibility to stamp out the practice of 'phoenixing' where a company intentionally enters insolvency to avoid unpaid debts, then re-emerges as a new company under a different name.
Changing the name of Home Warranty Insurance to the Home Building Compensation Fund. ? Changing the definition of 'completion' for strata buildings to provide that completion occurs on the issue of an occupation certificate that allows the occupation and use of the whole building. 
Licensees will be able to use reasonable reliance on the written advice of an independent professional engaged by the owner as a defence for a breach of the statutory warranties. 
A $47 fee will apply for the renewal or restoration of supervisor and tradesperson certificates.

Provisions relating to contracts will commence on 1 March 2015, following are the major changes:
Increasing the threshold for when the more detailed contract requirements are needed from $5,000 to $20,000. Work under $20,000 will still require a written 'minor works' contract. 
A cap on deposits for work over $20,000 will be increased from five to ten percent. This will mean contractors will only be able to request a maximum of ten percent for a deposit for all projects, regardless of the value. 
Contracts over $20,000 will need to include a progress payment schedule (which only allows authorised payments to be made) and a termination clause. 

Click here to read a letter from the NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading in relation to the commencement of the Home Building Regulation 2014 (the 2014 Regulation) and the Proclamation for the commencement of the Home Building Amendment Act 2014 (the Amendment Act).
Click here to read the Amendment Act to be published on the NSW Government website on Friday 12 December 2014.
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2015 NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE SEMINARS
9/12/14
Featuring presentations by the ABCB and Standards Australia
The ABCB is finalising updates to the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), and as members of the building and construction industry you need to know what changes are coming into effect.
Presenters will inform you of the NCC 2015 amendments at a series of Information Seminars, commencing February 2015, in a capital city near you.
It will also be an opportunity to hear about:
Verification Methods being introduced, the new NCC Performance Requirements extract publication, the new Guideline for performance based design
Don't miss out - the NCC takes effect on 1 May 2015
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NSW building industry gets Australia's first retention trust scheme
8/12/14
A ground-breaking cash retention trust scheme will be created to protect sub-contractors in the event of a construction company collapse, NSW Fair Trading Minister, Matthew Mason-Cox announced today. The retention trust scheme the first of its... to read more  Click here
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LNA - Certified Landscape Professionals - CLP
What is a Certified Landscape Professional?
A Landscape NSW & ACT (LNA) Certified Landscape Professional demonstrates to clients that they are committed to industry best practice and are committed to their work and career. They will be continuing to develop skills and knowledge of the Landscaping industry by involvement in the Continual Professional Development component of the Certified Landscape Professionals program.
How, why & when was the program established?
The LNA developed the program for the following reasons:
There is rapid technological change in the type of materials, machinery and installation techniques that require industry to maintain currency with regard to these changes.
Having established that the development of an industry pathway is critical for retention of staff in the industry, this includes trade and post trade level training and articulated career paths.
A skills shortage of employees with a high level of technical landscape construction, business management and supervisory skills.
There is an ageing workforce creating an increasing need for attracting and retaining new entrants and providing for advanced training in trade and post trade areas for new and current people in the Landscape Construction Industry.
The professional profile of Landscape Contractors needs to be promoted to the general public in order that the market fully understands the scope and complexity required within landscape works
To aid small business growth and profitability
Where does a landscaper or member of the public go to get more information?
The program is managed by the LNA who can be contacted via email or by calling the LNA Team on (02) 9630 4844
Click here to view the CLP points table
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Landscape articles
RIFA outbreak in Port Botany Sydney
At this stage there are no movement restrictions for the Nursery Industry and should this be raised as a possibility we will liaise directly with NSW DPI to reduce the impact to industry.
For more information, visit the NSW DPI website http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/pests-weeds/insects/fire-ants or contact Michael Danelon Industry Development Officer for NGINA, ph 02 9679 1472 or michael.danelon@ngina.com.au
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Timber Decking has experienced a boost in popularity
Timber Decking has experienced a boost in acceptance as a way to improve the look of houses, gardens and to get the best out of the property
Including timber decks in landscaping designs is a unique and elegant way to cultivate the garden and to create enjoyable outdoor space. Timber Decks can be used from the internal to the outer regions of verandahs and balconies. It can be used for caravan decking, outdoor decking at pubs and restaurants or to build landings, ramps and wooden footpaths. By integration of features such as wood planters, lighting or outdoor seating, timber decks can get even more individual and interesting.
Wood structures are also suitable for wet areas, close to swimming pools or spas. As a natural character wood absorbs water quickly and usually the surface of the wooden boards won't be slippery unless there is dirt on the decking boards. Often people who are looking for landscaping ideas and garden designs consider the construction of an outdoor deck as a good solution.
Timber decking in particular has proven to be as practical as easy to build and because of its natural resistance it does not require a lot of maintenance. The climate of Australia is ideal for timber decking. Almost every gardener, from beginner to experienced handyman can create useful and attractive timber decks. However, to ensure the structural stability and durability it is often better to ask a professional landscape builder. We at LNA can refer you to an experts in your area to create elegant and custom designed decks according to your brief.
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Reclaimed - Reused Building Materials
Major advantages of using recycled timbers are the positive enviromental effects, including conservation of old growth forests, increased carbon storage and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycled timber products can be re-used to create unique effects in hardwood flooring, decking, beams, joists, trusses, posts, bollards, benchtops, furniture & cladding.
Materials  that can be salvaged through deconstruction include: plywood, lumber, hardwood flooring, bricks, windows, concrete, plumbing fixtures, doors and knobs, hinges, paneling, insulation, stairs and railings, asphalt roof tiles, moldings and baseboards, countertops.
The greatest benefit in recycling building materials comes to the consumer and the environment
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Industry Updates - Archived Articles

 

 

 

 

VALE MR RICHARD PATRICK FARQUHAR
Born March 5, 1925 colleagues | Lower Quinton, England | Late of Dural
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mr Richard Patrick Farquhar.
Family and friends of RICHARD are warmly invited to attend his funeral at 10.30 am on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at St Jude's Anglican Church, 965 Old Northern Road, Dural.
LNA Master Landscapers Association will always remember the incredible contribution Richard has made throughout the last three decades of which he has been involved with the Association. Richard was both a foundation member and was recognised in 2011 for his outstanding efforts and was inducted into LNA Wall of Fame.
His work has helped to advance the development of the landscape industry, Richard brought both passion and integrity to his work. He was well respected by LNA members and staff. Our thoughts are with Richards family, friends and co-workers.
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AILDM 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Added 27.1.2015 - Archived 9.3.2015
On a February evening in 1995 at a cocktail party at the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, the Hon Robert Webster, Minister for Housing & Planning, officially launched the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers.
The LNA encourages members to join AILDM at the place it all began as they celebrate the incredible milestone of 20 years supporting and promoting excellence in landscape design in Australia. Share a glass of bubbles, re acquaint yourself with old friends and maybe meet some new ones!!!
Click here for further details and to register
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Warm Welcome to LNA Members
1.2.2015 - Archived 5.3.2015
Planting Oz
Dig Landscape Design
Good Wood Pty Ltd
Stone Lotus Landscapes
Integral Landscapes
Ausland Landscapes
Outdoor Retreats Landscaping
Dig-It Landscapes
Alleys to Valleys
Now & Zen Landscapes
Cool Water Landscapes
Venation Landscapes
Pave the Way Landscaping
Unique Perspective Landscapes
Kennards Hire (Orange Branch)
Hawkesbury Landscape Designz
1.2.2015 - Archived 5.3.2015
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World Soil Day 5 December 2014
Did you know?
Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being.
It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Soils also serve as a platform and source for construction and raw materials. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity's need for food, water, and energy security is to be met. Click here to view Symphony of the soil


World Soil Day 5 December 2014
FROST & SULLIVAN AWARDS SITA AUSTRALIA WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF 2014
09/12/2014
SITA Australia, LNA Silver Partner has again been awarded Waste Management Company of the Year at the annual Frost and Sullivan Australia Excellence Awards, held 4 December 2014 in Sydney.
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Waste Management Company of the Year is presented to the company who has exhibited outstanding management and consistent growth. Established in 2006, the Awards seek to recognise companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence - rising above the competition and demonstrating outstanding performance in both their industry and the Australian market.
SITA's Chief Information Officer, Michael Salas said: "We are delighted to accept this award which recognises our leadership in the industry. SITA prides itself on putting waste to good use with smart, simple and innovative solutions that deliver for our customers."  to read more Click here
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Presidents Christmas Message
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the LNA Master Landscapers Association, wishing you and your loved ones all the very best for a wonderful, safe and happy festive season.
In the coming weeks you can expect to receive a copy of the LNA 2013 - 2014 Annual Report detailing the various activities and highlights. If you haven't already paid your membership subscription, don't forget to take advantage of the early bird rate by paying before 15 December 2014.
Thank you for your invaluable support during the year, we look forward to continuing our partnership and working with you in the future.
Warmest Regards - Matt Leacy - LNA President
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2014 Christmas Celebrations
The LNA are proud to announce that together with Gold Sponsorship Partner Alpine Nurseries, we have successfully raised $9,500 for Heartkids generated from the ticket sales of the inaugural Christmas Party held recently at Doltone House - Jones Bay Wharf .
For the second year the LNA asked all attendees to support HeartKids by donating $50 per ticket. Most of you will be familiar with the connection Alpine Nurseries has with this charity and the fact the event is fully funded and hosted by Alpine Nurseries.
Tall Pop Syndrome, one of Sydney's best known corporate cover bands consisting of some of Sydney's best musicians, entertained the guests. Special thanks to both  Gardens at Night and Lavita Furniture for their contribution to the event.
This event again provided a great opportunity for business owners and managers in the landscape industry to meet and connect.  LNA extends extreme gratitude to all of its sponsorship partners for their continued support throughout 2014, which enable us to celebrate the year's successes and highlight the importance and significance of supporting businesses.
Invitations to such events form one of the many benefits to contractors and suppliers of membership with the LNA to further develop and grow the broader industry.
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CALLING ALL Landscape Contractors That Care About Their Health
NEW FREE Skin Cancer Checks
The LNA is excited to be supporting an innovative new skin cancer check which we believe to be extremely important for our members.  To be officially launched by Chemmart Pharmacy, the Spotcheck service uses revolutionary technology to assess moles or skin spots of concern in a Chemmart Pharmacy with no appointment necessary.
With an outdoor vocation we need to be vigilant about skin cancer, particularly as two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 (Cancer Council Australia). We encourage ur members to take advantage of this FREE offer
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Australian Institute of Horticulture Workshop Series
2014 Workshop Series - AIH is holding its Annual Congress Healthy Plants - Healthy Communities and Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney at the Novotel Brighton Le Sands 6 & 7th November, for more information and registration please visit
http://aih.org.au/congress2014

Australian Institute of Horticulture
Save the Date LNA XMAS PARTY 21.11.2014
Be sure to grab this  fabulous opportunity once a year to catch up, celebrate your achivements and  network with your peers, save the date, numbers are limited
Tickets $55.00 All proceeds to HeartKIds Australia
Venue: Doltone House - Jones Bay Wharf - Pyrmont
Piers 19-21 Upper Deck, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Further details to follow
LNA Xmas Party
Landscape Guideline Schedule of Rates Book
Edition 15 NOW AVAILABLE - $300 each plus postage & handling
(First copy FREE to LNA Members)

Edition 15 of the LNA's Guideline Schedule of Rates for Landscape Works is now available an is the only publication of its kind in NSW & ACT. Purchase your copy today. The A5 handy-size book is keenly sought by landscape contractors, estimators, quantity surveyors, landscape architects and designers, local councils, government bodies, building contractors, TAFE colleges etc. Produced specifically for the NSW and ACT markets, this durable book with laminated covers and spiral binding contains approx 150 pages of detailed costings together with a list of qualified landscapers in these markets. This publication is often considered as the "bible" where landscape costing and tendering is concerned. To grab your copy TODAY Click here
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SITA @ Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo 2014
The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, now entering its fifth year, is the perfect environment to network with key waste & recycling decision makers from the industry and government all in one place. Running over two days, the expo will showcase the latest technology, equipment and solutions from over 100 specialist suppliers.
SITA @ Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo 2014
SITA Australia LNA silver partners, makes it easy for their customers to put their waste to good use. They find smart and reliable solutions to collect, recover and recycle waste into valuable resources to help protect our environment.
SITA Organics team is one of the largest processors of urban generated food and garden organics in Australia. Through their network of resource recovery facilities, they convert raw organics into specialist products including soil improvers, organic top dressing, turf underlay, garden soil mixes, potting products, composts and mulches. For your waste recovery and organics needs, go and visit SITA at stand D48
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The LNA is committed to achieving environmental best practice in its activities. This commitment will involve both the organisation and advice provided to members to strive in achieving Solutions for Waste & Recycling and Ecologically Sustainable Work practices. We encourage members to attend this expo, by doing so, full members will accrue CPD points and learn about the latest technology, equipment and waste solutions.
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World Green Infrastructure Congress 7-10 October 2014
The 2014 WGIC will be held in the heart of Sydney which has been classified as an Alpha+ World City and is ranked in the top ten most livable cities in the world. The city is defined at the perimeter by three National Parks and the beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches along it's coastline, all providing visitors with an abundance of enjoyable natural beauty.
Visitors to the Congress will be treated to a friendly, safe and culturally diverse city with post congress tours available for memorable trips across Australia. We warmly invite you to join us for this experience.
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"Soils for Landscape Development" A CSIRO Publication by Simon Leake and Elke Haege
A MUST FOR MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS OF GROWING MEDIA, LANDSCAPERS AND SPECIFIERS
Tender documents for landscape development are becoming increasingly sophisticated and will increasingly demand precise quality control and performance specifications.

 

 

"Soils for Landscape Development: Selection, specification and validation" provides a clear practical template for specifying landscape soils based on scientific criteria. The 13 example soil specifications outline a universally applicable method using objective and measurable criteria to ensure quality and fit-for-purpose soils.
It also provides clear guidance and essential information to manufacturers on how to meet the quality objectives of the tender documents.
A strong emphasis in all chapters is placed on reducing environmental impacts by using recycled products including improvement of site soils using organics, the role of AS 4454 certified organics, use of mulches, reconstruction of soil profiles and the role of recycled organics.
The book links the designer with the supplier of soils and organic amendments.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase online
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