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Red Bull Branched Out

Red Bull Branched Out, in partnership with Arboriculture AustraliaTM, is ready for its third running. The venue for this year will be Kapunda, South Australia, where 150 of the world’s best tree climbers will go against each other in a timed race.

The Red Bull Branched Out Tree Climbing Event is a new, exciting and physically challenging four- round elimination competition. In partnership once more with Arboriculture Australia, and Kapunda (SA), the three-day ‘one of its kind’ speed tree climbing event will be held on October 17, 18 and 19, 2019.

Now in its third year, Red Bull Branched Out 2019 is one not to be missed. The unique skill-based format challenges tree climbers to hit several targets in the 30 meter high tree canopy, starting at the top and swinging from fixed ropes descending down to the ground.

Up for grab a $25,000 prize in cash and over $50,000 of equipment and kit to be won, which make this the largest prize pool on offer for any tree climbing event in the world.

In each round, all climbers that have qualified for the round must attempt a tree circuit according to the rules. After each round, a designated proportion of climbers will be eliminated; climbers with the fastest times will progress through to the next round.

The fastest male and female climber to complete the Grand Final Circuit will be announced as the Red Bull Branched Out Champions for 2019.

For more information visit the event Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ events/435154957300584/

To take part to the event please register at https://www.redbull.com/au-en/events/red-bull-branched-out

September 17, 2019 / by / in , , ,
TTIA News

This month we look into new minimum wage rates in place since July 1, 2019, as well as into a significant ruling on a workers compensation case.

National Wage CaseTTIA News

The Fair Work Commission released the tenth annual minimum wage review decision under the Fair Work Act, 2009 on May 30, 2019.

This decision increased the modern award wage rates by 3.0 percent and the national minimum wage from $719.20 per week to $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour based on a 38-hour working week.

Last year’s increase was 3.5 percent. The increased rates took effect from the first full pay period starting on or after July 1, 2019.

All tree contractors should ensure they are meeting the new minimum obligations from July 1, 2019. Please note that the increase was fully absorbable into over-award payments.

Tree contractors with any queries in regard to paying rates, please contact TTIA on (02) 9264 0011.

Ruling On Workers Compensation At A Work Event

When I hear employers and Members talk of their experiences with the worker’s compensation system, I normally see the abject pain and helplessness displayed on their normally pleasant facial expressions. Invariably, the issue of unfair liability arises from business owners who rightly claim many injuries seem to have originated from a previous employer, or outside an employee’s working time, yet somehow the medical profession and/or the court/tribunal system pulls them into a costly liability situation.

In a recent South Australian Employment Tribunal hearing (Power v Return to Work South Australia, May 2019), a significant matter was dealt with where an employee sustained an injury at a workplace function; namely, he fell over and hit his head after attending an awards night hosted by his employer.

Whilst the employee had not consumed alcohol during the ceremony, it was noticed by several witnesses that he was walking unsteadily, and his eyes were rolled back. It was observed the employee collided with a bathroom door handle before falling backward and hitting his head on the hard bathroom floor.

A witness left the scene immediately to seek assistance as blood flowed freely from the back of the employee’s head and ears.

In the aftermath, the employee sustained serious head injuries and had amnesia from the injury and absolutely no recollection of the incident. He took the firm legal position that he had been attending the function at his employer’s request and therefore the injury was sustained in the course of his work.

The South Australian Employment Tribunal considered the incident as it applied to the State’s Return to Work Act 2014. This Act provides that for an injury to be considered work-related and compensable, there are two basic requirements. Firstly, the injury must arise in the course of the person’s employment. Secondly, the worker’s employment must be a significant cause of the injury.

In this case, the judge found that only one of these conditions was satisfied. The judge found that while the injury had occurred in the course of the man’s employment, the injury arose from a pre-existing medical condition that just happened to manifest itself at work but without his employment being a contributing factor.

The key finding in this judgment was that his employment was not in any real or meaningful sense a significant contributing cause of the injury.

Now, none of this means that as employers we don’t need to take steps to limit liability when hosting workplace functions. TTIA has provided guidelines on this issue in the past which tree contractor members are welcome to access.

However, the significance of this case is that it is not enough for an employee’s injury to occur in the course of his/her employment. The employment must also be a significant contributing cause of the injury.

Please contact TTIA on (02) 9264 0011 if you wish to have further information.

Brian Beecroft

Chief Executive Officer

September 15, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Brute Force

The Model 16-24 Wood Processor: it’s time to cut and split.

It’s shaping up as a busy second half of the year for Vicon International, which is set to introduce a number of new products to its range of attachments, screeners, hogs, crushers and grapple saws, including the Brute Force Model 16-24 Wood Processor and a number of Remet CNC Technology wood chippers.

Commercial Quality Firewood Processor – Great Production In A Small Package

The Brute Force 16-24 is a great value in a small firewood processor. With its standard 32hp Kohler big block petrol engine, it’s one of the most powerful processors in its class. The 16-24 is capable of producing from 1 to 2.5 cords per hour and will process up to 450mm diameter logs.

This machine comes standard with a 2 strand live deck that converts into a log lift and is easily lowered and raised with the electric powered winch. The integrated, 3600mm, hydraulically operated chain conveyor, allows for easy loading of firewood into a trailer or truck tray.

Joystick controls operate the hydraulic saw, clamp, live deck, and log infeed conveyor. It comes standard with a hydraulically operated 4 way wedge, electric bar oiler and hydraulic oil cooler. Other standard features include last log measuring grid, integrated tail lights and round log trough for better handling of crooked logs.

All Brute Force firewood processors are built to withstand the rigors of daily firewood production.

Standard features of the Brute Force 16-24 Include:

  • 400mm (460mm max) diameter cut
  • Round log trough
  • 32hp Kohler industrial petrol engine
  • 2 strand hydraulic live deck
  • 4 way hydraulically adjustable splitting head
  • Piston saw motor
  • Automatic chain oiler
  • Fenders and tail lights
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 3600mm hydraulic conveyor

For more information visit www.vicon.com.au

September 12, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Winner Winner!

Thanks to our friends at Husqvarna, the Telescopic Pole Saw has been the hot prize of the year, and now one lucky subscriber of The Australian Arbor Age gets to take it home!

And the winner is…Gregory Sawyer from Hornsby, NSW. Gregory was very surprised and happy when we contacted him with the news of his win. He is looking forward to working with his new Husqvarna Telescopic Pole Saw.

Gregory had an interesting story to share with us: “I was in the Army for 12 years and wanted another physically challenging job where I would be working outside and I thought arboriculture work would suit me well. I am currently doing my Certificate 3 with TAFE NSW Ryde.

I’m currently working for my friend at Sherwood Tree Services. Our work take us across to the Blue Mountains up to Hunter Valley and across Sydney. We also do a lot of tree work on Berowra Waters on the Hawkesbury River. Tree work on the river is always fun but can be quite challenging with incredibly steep drags and access by boat only. The daily view never gets old though

I’ve found The Australian Arbor Age magazine to be a terrific resource for

information. Working in a very small company my exposure to the industry is quite limited. It helps me stay current and relevant to what is happening elsewhere.

A huge thanks as I was lucky enough to have been drawn to win the Husqvarna prize for subscribing.”

The Husqvarna Telescopic Pole Saw has all the features that will help Gregory manage the trickiest of tasks.

It offers maximum performance and durability with low weight, excellent ergonomics and quiet operation for use in any location at any time of day. With its 5m telescopic reach, its performance surpasses petrol equivalents.

We’ll keep in touch with Gregory to hear how he’s put his new Telescopic Pole Saw through its paces.

Thanks to the team at Husqvarna for their long-term support and we wish all our subscribers good luck for our next draw.

See details of the brand new 2019-2020 prize offering on page 80-81.

For more information regarding subscriptions, turn to page 81, call (02) 9452 4517 or subscribe online in a few clicks at www.arborage.com.au

September 10, 2019 / by / in , , ,
South Australian Society of Arboriculture News

South Australian Society of Arboriculture Seminar – Trees and the Law.

The South Australian Society of Arboriculture (SASA) has recently been restarted by chairman Tom Stevens and a small group of other board members who are working hard to help the organisation thrive again. With growing membership numbers and big plans for the future, SASA aims to begin by building trust back within the SA arboriculture industry. Their first initiative was to run a mini seminar on ‘Trees and the Law’ which was delivered by Michael Palamountain on Wednesday May 1, 2019.

The event cost attendees $5 for two-hour seminar, followed by a BBQ and drinks, which was a great opportunity for participants to network in a relaxed environment.

The seminar focussed on managing trees in the urban landscape of metropolitan Adelaide. Arborists and tree contractors must be familiar with how trees are protected under the law. Arborists must be aware of the legal status of trees, what is permitted under the law and when development applications are required. The information covered important legislation based on the Development Act 1993.

This discussion forum provided an opportunity for members to review, discuss and;

  • Understand what legislation applies to trees in metropolitan Adelaide
  • Understand the framework of the legislation
  • Understand what exemptions apply under the legislation
  • Understand what is permitted under the legislation
  • Understand when a development application is required and when tree reports are required
  • Ensure staff/contractors understand when tree works are permitted

After receiving some very positive feedback from attendees, SASA has taken confidence to move forward and continue offering ‘value added’ events to all those interested.

SASA and its members are striving to help the South Australian arboriculture industry be a safe, respected and well-connected network of people that take care of our beautiful trees.

SASA are still looking for more members. To become a member or for more information, please email [email protected] or call Tom on 0478 982 994.

July 17, 2019 / by / in , ,
Arboriculture Australia Annual Conference

Trade Exhibition & Australian Tree Climbing Championship Alice Springs Convention Centre 18 – 21 May 2019

2019 will see us venture into the outback of Alice Springs with its stunning sunsets, unique flora and fauna and glorious mountain ranges.

Urban Presenter Highlights

Lyndal Plant – The Life and Death of the Australian Leafy Street

Biography

Dr. Lyndal Plant is an urban forester who has worked in local government policy and strategic planning for urban trees, including many years with Brisbane City Council. A Churchill Fellow, member of TREENET management committee and now a published researcher and consultant, Lyndal have helped advance urban forest evidence gathering techniques and make stronger business cases for investment in green infrastructure. Lyndal now focuses on policy development/review and cutting-edge urban forest initiatives. She sees the forest, not just the trees – helps plan and monitor outcomes, not just outputs and is committed to a greener, cooler neighborhoods for all.

Kelly Hertzog – Updating the Tree Valuation Method

Biography

Kelly is an Urban Forester at the City of Melbourne, a role which includes strategic work and delivery of research and programs. As a social scientist, Kelly’s focus is the interactions between people and nature, and creating thriving urban ecosystems. Kelly specialises in community and stakeholder engagement, working to develop and implement the City’s Urban Forest Strategy. Kelly leads Melbourne’s Citizen Forester Program and the Urban Forest Fund. Kelly also plays a key role in the city’s urban forest data analysis and monitoring key forest health metrics, such as canopy mapping.

In previous roles at the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Water, Kelly’s work has also focused on Water Sensitive Urban Design and green roofs, walls and facades.

Nigel Tapper – Building Cooler, Healthier Global Cities as Critical Adaptation to Climate Change

Biography

Dr. Nigel Tapper holds a Personal Chair in Environmental Science (as a climate science specialist) within the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University where he currently leads the Applied Climate Research Group. Nigel Co-Led Program B (Water Sensitive Urbanism) until 2017 and is a key researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Outside the University Nigel has contributed strongly to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he is a Lead Author of Working Group II, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation. He serves in the World Meteorological Organisation as a member of the Terrestrial Observation Panel on Climate and associated task forces. He is President of the International Association of Urban Climate. Nigel has published seven books, 15 book chapters and more than 200 refereed research publications, and has supervised >45 Ph.D. students, in an academic and research career spanning 35 years. Nigel’s work has been cited >5,500 times and he has an h-index of 40.

He co-authored the classic text on Australasian climate – The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand. Key research in recent years has been in the area of weather and climate impacts, including on fire, urban environments and human health-climate interactions. A strong climate change adaptation theme has emerged in his research, especially in relation to urban environments and human health. Nigel has a particularly strong track record in delivering industry-relevant research.

Peter Jobson – The Blooming Desert: The Flora of Arid Central Australia – Its Diversity And Potential Uses

Career Highlights

2013 – present Senior Botanist and Curator at the Northern Territory Herbarium, Alice Springs

2008 – 2012 Working for consultancies as an identifications botanist in Western Australia during the mining boom

2001 – 2010 Casual lecturer at University of NSW

2004 hD UTS: PhD looking at the taxonomy and biogeography of Dillwynia – one of the egg-and- bacon-pea genera.

1995 – 1996 Bio-prospector collecting species used to screen for natural drugs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

1994 MSc: James Cook Univerity, Townsville – variation in Dendrobium canaliculatum or Tea Tree Orchid

1988 Bsc (Hons) LaTrobe University – ariation in south eastern Acrotriche (native heaths)

Denise Johnstone

The Urban Visual Vitality Index (UVVI) – A Visual Assessment Method of Crown Condition in Urban Trees.

Biography

Dr Denise Johnstone has been a lecturer in arboriculture and urban forestry for over 20 years, but began her career win arboriculture as a contract tree climber. She has competed in the Australian Tree Climbing Championships and was Vice-President of the Arboricultural Association of Australia for two years. She has presented frequently at ISA international and publishes most of her research work in urban forestry and arboricultural journals. Her research questions are driven by arboriculture industry needs such as; how can we keep trees healthy? And indirectly such as; how do trees work? How do trees interact with humans?

Greg Moore

Minimising the hazard and risks that may arise from the development of lignotuber us and epicormic shoots: lessons from a study of Eucalyptus obliqua L’Herit

Biography

Greg Moore, Senior Research Associate, University of Melbourne, Burnley, was Principal of Burnley (1988-2007) and Head of the School of Resource Management (2002-007). Interested in plant science and ecology, Greg specializes in arboriculture. He was inaugural president of ISAAC, and has been a member of the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees since 1988 and chair since 1996. On the Board of Greening Australia (1988-2012), Trust For Nature (2009-2017) and Sustainable Gardening Australia, he has chaired TREENET since 2005. He has written two books, five book chapters and 180 scientific papers and articles. He was awarded an OAM for services to the environment, particularly arboriculture.

Janet Mc Donald

A root and branch approach to forest biosecurity: the importance of arborists as early detectors.

Biography

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. She was part of team of researchers who set up FHS systems in the South Pacific Islands and most recently in south east Asia. She is responsible for establishing FHS systems in the sandalwood plantations in the Ord River Irrigation Area near Kununurra WA. Janet has twenty years of experience conducting pest and disease surveys and collecting samples in the field.

She has recently been conducting workshops with the QAA and councils focusing on forest pests and diseases, nutritional disorders and forest biosecurity.

Melissa Mcmanus

The North Sydney Council Experience – Tracking canopy change over 20 years, the ups, the downs and taking a new approach

Biography

10 years in landscape maintenance, construction and nursery production in both government and private sectors. She then taught at TAFE before joining North Sydney Council where she has been for over 20 years.

At North Sydney, a small, affluent, waterfront LGA in the heart of Sydney, Melissa spent 5 years as Tree Preservation officer before moving into a strategic planning role where she has overseen the development of Council’s highly regarded Street Tree Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy.

Ian Leahy

Title 1: Vibrant Cities Lab

Title 2: Tree Equity: Career Pathways

Biography

Ian Leahy has overseen American Forests’ urban forestry program since 2014. Based in Washington, DC, he has developed a Community ReLeaf program that helps cities across the United States build capacity for managing and growing their urban forests through a comprehensive change model. This includes data analysis, planning, advocacy, innovative financing, and restoration projects.

Community ReLeaf has won multiple awards, most recently a Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships. Ian has also led initiatives to advance the urban forestry movement in general, including the Vibrant Cities Lab (vibrantcitieslab.com), Tree Equity: Career Pathways, and new tools to advance climate mitigation and public health.

Prior to American Forests, Ian served as the State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the District of Columbia and managed his own landscape design and installation business. He studied natural resources management at Cornell University.

May Carter – Saving our cities, one tree at a time

Biography

May has academic qualifications in leisure sciences, social science and environmental management. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher with several universities and as a consultant for government agencies and not-for-profit community and environmental organisations. May’s research, publications, national and international presentations cover topics relating to planning, design and management of parks and urban green space; protected area management; outdoor recreation and tourism; health promotion; and community development through engagement in planning and decision making. May currently works in cross-agency policy and research for the Western Australian state government.

Ian Mcalister – Building a Tree Planting Framework for Urban Resilience

Biography

Ian McAlister, Manager Recreation and Open Space, Dubbo Regional Council Ian has worked in the local government sphere for the past 30 years and currently holds the position of Manager Recreation and Open Space at Dubbo Regional Council.

As a strong advocate for the need of a connected park network to promote human health and well-being Ian has consistently pushed the discussion on the need for long term planning for the integration of Green and Grey Infrastructure to achieve intergeneration benefits to the Dubbo community. This has included the acceptance of the Stockholm Tree Planting methodology which is providing a dramatic transformation in the planting of trees within the hierarchy of the urban road system.

Ian has qualifications in Amenity Horticulture, Parks Recreational and Heritage and Natural Resource Management and has been undertaking additional study through the University of Melbourne in the area of Green Infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

David Cashman

Title 1: Trees and development; bridging the gap between design and construction

Title 2: Managing large roots within the excavation envelope

Biography

Dave Cashman is an Associate Director and Principal Consultant with Barrell Tree Consultancy (BTC), one of the UK’s most successful Arboricultural Practices, working primarily in the planning and legal sectors (https://www.barrelltreecare.co.uk/). He is part of a team of 14 people, specialising in assessing trees on development sites and project managing their protection through to occupation.

Dave has worked with trees for 40 years, starting his career with the London Borough of Sutton, first as a climbing arborist and then as a tree officer. In 2003, after 15 years in local government, he joined BTC, bringing his wealth of public sector planning expertise into the professional consultancy arena. Dave is accomplished international speaker having delivered conference presentations and workshops in the UK, Sweden, USA, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.

Mark Hartley –  Accidental Tree Failures

Biography

Mark Hartley is a second-generation arborist whose career spans over three decades. Mark has studied widely in Australia and the United States. His reputation and expertise in tree transplanting have taken him to 7 countries in 3 different continents. His expertise with palms resulted in him providing consultancy services in the UAE to the Royal Family.

Mark has given evidence as an expert witness in the Local, District, Land and Environment, and Supreme courts of NSW and has served as a court appointed expert for the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Tom Vassallo – Arboriculture Qualification Review

Biography

Tom has many years’ experience in vocational education and training human resources and retail management, including secondary school teaching, learning and development consulting, delivery and assessment of Certificate IV Training and Assessment, developing training and assessment resources and managing training package projects. Tom’s roles prior to joining Skills Impact included Training Package Project Manager with the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council, Training Programs Manager with the Master Builders Association of Victoria and Curriculum Maintenance Manager – Building Services for Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Management and a Diploma of Training and Assessment.

Register Now: http://bit.ly/ArbAus2019

Utility Presenter Highlights

Stacie Grassano & Jeff Filip – A practical approach to risk driven Vegetation Management

Biography

Stacie Grassano – GM Technology and Operations, Intelfuse

Stacie is Co-Founder and General Manager Technology and Operations at Intelfuse and has fifteen years’ experience in the geospatial, LiDAR and tree care industry and is an ISA Certified Utility Arborist PD-1435AU. Stacie holds a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science specialising in Entomology. She has worked in the Environmental, Research, IT and Electricity Utility Sectors and is a certified Project Management Professional with the PMI.

Stacie has served as Project Director for major IT and LiDAR development and delivery projects in North America and Asia Pacific, including major Remote Sensing Electricity Transmission and Distribution Projects. Stacie’s core focus is the development and implementation of innovative LiDAR processing technology that greatly advances analytics for vegetation and asset management programs.

Jeff Filip – GM Strategy Development, Intelfuse

Jeff joined the Australian Power Sector during the mid-80s when utilities were dealing with bushfires caused by vegetation in contract with lines. Jeff played a key role in implementing bushfire policy at a regional level and has held senior management, strategy and technology development roles in both the public and private sector. He heads up Risk Solution Strategy at Intelfuse and is involved in development of new service offerings around LiDAR automation and technology. Jeff holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Master’s Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Stephen Martin – Right of Way Management – Insights from the International Symposium, Denver

Biography

Stephen is actively involved in knowledge sharing, which is demonstrated through his involvement in various industry bodies, such as the Energy Network Association Vegetation Management Working Group.

Stephen Martin is currently Land Strategist for Powerlink Queensland, which includes setting policy, monitoring performance, liaising with stakeholders and identifying efficiencies during a period of significant industry change.

In 2018, Stephen realised a career goal and presented two papers at the International Right of Symposium in Denver, Colorado. Stephen will share the learnings and experience from the Symposium at the Arboriculture Australia Annual Conference.

James Urbanowsky

Presentation #1 Title: Reliability Based Vegetation Management Strategies in the US and Canada.

Presentation #2 Title: Future Directions on Vegetation Management Practises and Strategies in the US and Canada.

Biography

James has been working for NB Power for the past 18 years, starting as Distribution Vegetation Field Operations Manager, with a 25,000km distribution network.

James is currently Senior Engineer T&D Vegetation Asset Management, responsible for T-veg NERC compliance, T&D vegetation annual plans, integrating LiDAR into program planning, and new process development.

As well, James is on several industry working committees, including CEATI, NATF and the US-UAA, benchmarking utility vegetation programs, leveraging GIS for vegetation management, applying linear programming for optimization, and defining strategies for improved reliability-based vegetation management. James is a Professional Engineer, Professional Forester, former certified gas pipeline inspector and ROW Agent, current ISA Certified Arborist / Utility Specialist, and Past President of ISA Atlantic.

Randal Miller

Abstract 1: Reliability-based Vegetation Management

Abstract 2: An Overview of Utility

Arboriculture: The Utility Specialist Certification Guide

Biography

Randall H. Miller joined CNUC as the Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence in May 2017 and currently maintains and cultivates a knowledge of UVM practices, regulations, trends, budgets, utility assets, arboriculture, ecology, technology and other subject areas. Randall performs formal benchmark and attribute comparisons across regions, company types, and programs dedicated to UVM. Prior to joining CNUC, he worked at PacifiCorp for more than 23 years , including nearly six years as an area forester, 18 years as system forester, and retiring from the company as the director of vegetation management. As PacifiCorp’s VM director, Randall developed comprehensive specifications based on industry practices, and managed thousands of overhead distribution and transmission lines for the utility. He served on ACRT’s Board of Directors from 2009-2015.

Miller holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in urban forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and an ISA Certified Utility Specialist (IL-0225 BU). He has been Chair of the TREE Fund Board of Trustees, President of the Utility Arborist Association, twice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute Vegetation Management Task Force, President of the Oregon Community Forest Council (now Oregon Community Trees), and editor of the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter newsletter. He has served on the ISA Certification Test Committee and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Randall is recipient of the 2005 ISA RW Harris Author’s Citation and has the ISA Integrated Vegetation Management Best Management Practices and, with Geoff Kempter, the upcoming Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide among his credits. He speaks widely on arboriculture topics.

Randall H. Miller holds an MS in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® and Utility Specialist™ He has been director of research and development at CNUC since retiring as director of vegetation management after 23 years at PacifiCorp in May 2017. He writes and speaks widely on arboriculture topics and is co-author with Geoff Kemper of the revised utility specialist study guide.

Daniel Heyburn

Keeping Our People Safe – Drop Zones And Exclusion Zones

Biography

Passionate about both Arboriculture and Health and Safety, Daniel has 25 years of broad industry experience spanning Horticulture, Arboriculture, Workplace Health and Safety, Environment, Rehabilitation, Disaster Response, Training and Consulting practices. Supporting multiple states of Australia, Daniel joined ETS Vegetation Management in 2001 and has championed building ETS’s first training database, a combined training and audit database and an electronic integrated Safety Management System.

In his role of National Safety Environment Quality and Systems Manager, Daniel is responsible for seven state and divisional Safety Committees, driving HS&E initiatives across business, and is building a culture of safety and continuous improvement.

Shane Brunker, Sophie Davison & Scott Mckenzie

Understanding the past, present and future clearance requirements

Biography

Shane Brunker – Technical Director, NM Group

Shane oversees the development of new products and services with our R&D branch and leads on the implementation of new equipment and systems. Shane has been with NM Group for 7 years and previously managed our field operations and processing/engineering teams. His background is the geospatial and remote sensing sciences, having earlier worked on the spatial and land information side of government.

 

Sophie Davison – Product Manager, NM Group

Sophie is currently a product manager at NM Group, focusing on innovating their geospatial vegetation management solutions, and previously spent the best part of the last 8 years working in and researching forest environments. Sophie shares academic and industry experience in using LiDAR and other Remote Sensing technologies to model and visualise these complex natural systems, having spent time working at both academic institutions and in the geospatial industry.

Scott McKenzie (Vegetation Manager, Endeavour Energy)

Three decades of studying Australian native vegetation, Scott McKenzie has developed, managed, and taught a range of conservation/risk-based programs throughout Australia. Specialising in NSW environmental legislation and risk-based modelling, Scott has co- authored a range of documents including Endeavour Energy’s vegetation control manual, hazard tree identification course and has been a technical reviewer for the industry safety standards (NSW) including bushfire risk mitigation. In 2018 Scott collaborated with a team to develop a risk-based model assessing growth rates and hazard trees to optimise vegetation maintenance performance cycles using LiDAR technology.

Alexandra Lewis

Working with our stakeholders to deliver improvements and reduce our vegetation clearance requirements

Biography

Alexandra Lewis joined SA Power Networks in September 2013 within the Strategic Asset Management team which is responsible for the long-term and high-level management decisions relating to the electrical assets.

Since joining SA Power Networks she has been instrumental in the preparation of a long-term plan for vegetation management near powerlines, in close consultation with Local Government and key stakeholders, which aims to reduce the need for tree trimming over time and improve how we manage vegetation near powerlines.

Alex has a Masters in Environmental Planning and has worked for the past 20 years in a range of stakeholder engagement and environmental planning and assessment positions across state and local government and the private sector. Alex has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement.

Oxana Dankova – Global vegetation management practices – Pathway to 4.0

Biography

Oxana Dankova is a Partner and Managing Director in BCG’s Energy practice, based in Sydney.

Oxana is a core member of BCG’s global Network Transformation Services team and since 2006 has worked with multiple BCG Energy clients in Russia, Europe, North America and Middle East prior to transferring to Australia in 2015.

In Australia, she has been supporting several NEM DNSPs in end-to-end network operations improvement, process redesign and digitisation, advanced asset management capability build, and vegetation management.

Oxana holds an MA in Economics and a PhD from the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science

Heath Frenwin – Six impacts of Distributed Energy on Utility Vegetation Management

Biography

Heath Frewin is Manager Strategy – Vegetation at Essential Energy, having recently joined the organisation in February 2019. He has been acquired by Essential Energy to provide strategic direction and leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies and risks relating to the vegetation clearance/corridor asset class.

Heath is a passionate advocate for true risk-based and asset management-structured approaches to utility vegetation management. Previous employment has included time as Head of Distribution with the leading national electricity and gas utility lobby, Energy Networks Australia (ENA), where he was an integral part of influencing the existing and future technical regulatory environment for utilities.

Review Of Arboriculture Qualifications And Units Of Competency

Critical information session and discussion forum to held at this year’s conference.

  • Project scope and drivers
  • Project phases, development and consultation processes
  • Changes to qualifications and units of competency
  • Validation Industry validation forum:
  • Introduction to validation – validator’s role
  • Validation of qualifications
  • Validations of units of competency and skill sets
  • Validation wrap up and next steps

AS4970:2009 Protection of trees on development sites review

AS4970 is considered a critical tool for our industry and is now 10 years old. Standards Australia have advised it must be reconfirmed, withdrawn, made obsolescent; or revised.

To take advantage of the largest gathering of arborists in Australia a facilitated discussion forum will be held to gather feedback for submission to ensure the Standard remains valid.

Your participation is important to ensure that the Standard is improved and retains its status as a key tool for our industry.

Further information at http://arboriculture.org.au/About-Us/Policies

UAAA Panel Sessions

  • Panel Session: Who’s engaging the customer, and where’s the value?

(Chair: Heath Frewin, Vegetation Strategy Manager, Essential Energy)

  • Panel Session: Working near power lines safely, 100% of the time

(Chair: Pete Halliwell, Commercial Manager, Essential Energy)

  • Panel Session: The value and challenges of implementing long term

Vegetation Management strategies (Chair: Matt Palmer, Vegetation Specialist, Energy Queensland)

  • Panel Session: Big data – what vegetation data do we really need?

(Chair: Kevin Hamblin, General Manager, Utility Contracts, TreeServe)

Register Now http://bit.ly/ArbAus2019

May 10, 2019 / by / in
Arboriculture Australia Annual Conference 18 – 21 May 2019

Trade Exhibition & Australian Tree Climbing Championship Alice Springs Convention Centre 18 – 21 May 2019

2019 will see us venture into the outback of Alice Springs with its stunning sunsets, unique flora and fauna and glorious mountain ranges.

Urban Presenter Highlights

Lyndal Plant – The Life and Death of the Australian Leafy Street

Biography

Dr. Lyndal Plant is an urban forester who has worked in local government policy and strategic planning for urban trees, including many years with Brisbane City Council. A Churchill Fellow, member of TREENET management committee and now a published researcher and consultant, Lyndal have helped advance urban forest evidence gathering techniques and make stronger business cases for investment in green infrastructure. Lyndal now focuses on policy development/review and cutting-edge urban forest initiatives. She sees the forest, not just the trees – helps plan and monitor outcomes, not just outputs and is committed to a greener, cooler neighborhoods for all.

Kelly Hertzog – Updating the Tree Valuation Method

Biography

Kelly is an Urban Forester at the City of Melbourne, a role which includes strategic work and delivery of research and programs. As a social scientist, Kelly’s focus is the interactions between people and nature, and creating thriving urban ecosystems. Kelly specialises in community and stakeholder engagement, working to develop and implement the City’s Urban Forest Strategy. Kelly leads Melbourne’s Citizen Forester Program and the Urban Forest Fund. Kelly also plays a key role in the city’s urban forest data analysis and monitoring key forest health metrics, such as canopy mapping.

In previous roles at the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Water, Kelly’s work has also focused on Water Sensitive Urban Design and green roofs, walls and facades.

Nigel Tapper – Building Cooler, Healthier Global Cities as Critical Adaptation to Climate Change

Biography

Dr. Nigel Tapper holds a Personal Chair in Environmental Science (as a climate science specialist) within the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University where he currently leads the Applied Climate Research Group. Nigel Co-Led Program B (Water Sensitive Urbanism) until 2017 and is a key researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Outside the University Nigel has contributed strongly to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he is a Lead Author of Working Group II, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation. He serves in the World Meteorological Organisation as a member of the Terrestrial Observation Panel on Climate and associated task forces. He is President of the International Association of Urban Climate. Nigel has published seven books, 15 book chapters and more than 200 refereed research publications, and has supervised >45 Ph.D. students, in an academic and research career spanning 35 years. Nigel’s work has been cited >5,500 times and he has an h-index of 40.

He co-authored the classic text on Australasian climate – The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand. Key research in recent years has been in the area of weather and climate impacts, including on fire, urban environments and human health-climate interactions. A strong climate change adaptation theme has emerged in his research, especially in relation to urban environments and human health. Nigel has a particularly strong track record in delivering industry-relevant research.

Peter Jobson – The Blooming Desert: The Flora of Arid Central Australia – Its Diversity And Potential Uses

Career Highlights

2013 – present Senior Botanist and Curator at the Northern Territory Herbarium, Alice Springs

2008 – 2012 Working for consultancies as an identifications botanist in Western Australia during the mining boom

2001 – 2010 Casual lecturer at University of NSW

2004 hD UTS: PhD looking at the taxonomy and biogeography of Dillwynia – one of the egg-and- bacon-pea genera.

1995 – 1996 Bio-prospector collecting species used to screen for natural drugs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

1994 MSc: James Cook Univerity, Townsville – variation in Dendrobium canaliculatum or Tea Tree Orchid

1988 Bsc (Hons) LaTrobe University – ariation in south eastern Acrotriche (native heaths)

Denise Johnstone

The Urban Visual Vitality Index (UVVI) – A Visual Assessment Method of Crown Condition in Urban Trees.

Biography

Dr Denise Johnstone has been a lecturer in arboriculture and urban forestry for over 20 years, but began her career win arboriculture as a contract tree climber. She has competed in the Australian Tree Climbing Championships and was Vice-President of the Arboricultural Association of Australia for two years. She has presented frequently at ISA international and publishes most of her research work in urban forestry and arboricultural journals. Her research questions are driven by arboriculture industry needs such as; how can we keep trees healthy? And indirectly such as; how do trees work? How do trees interact with humans?

Greg Moore

Minimising the hazard and risks that may arise from the development of lignotuber us and epicormic shoots: lessons from a study of Eucalyptus obliqua L’Herit

Biography

Greg Moore, Senior Research Associate, University of Melbourne, Burnley, was Principal of Burnley (1988-2007) and Head of the School of Resource Management (2002-007). Interested in plant science and ecology, Greg specializes in arboriculture. He was inaugural president of ISAAC, and has been a member of the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees since 1988 and chair since 1996. On the Board of Greening Australia (1988-2012), Trust For Nature (2009-2017) and Sustainable Gardening Australia, he has chaired TREENET since 2005. He has written two books, five book chapters and 180 scientific papers and articles. He was awarded an OAM for services to the environment, particularly arboriculture.

Janet Mc Donald

A root and branch approach to forest biosecurity: the importance of arborists as early detectors.

Biography

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. She was part of team of researchers who set up FHS systems in the South Pacific Islands and most recently in south east Asia. She is responsible for establishing FHS systems in the sandalwood plantations in the Ord River Irrigation Area near Kununurra WA. Janet has twenty years of experience conducting pest and disease surveys and collecting samples in the field.

She has recently been conducting workshops with the QAA and councils focusing on forest pests and diseases, nutritional disorders and forest biosecurity.

Melissa Mcmanus

The North Sydney Council Experience – Tracking canopy change over 20 years, the ups, the downs and taking a new approach

Biography

10 years in landscape maintenance, construction and nursery production in both government and private sectors. She then taught at TAFE before joining North Sydney Council where she has been for over 20 years.

At North Sydney, a small, affluent, waterfront LGA in the heart of Sydney, Melissa spent 5 years as Tree Preservation officer before moving into a strategic planning role where she has overseen the development of Council’s highly regarded Street Tree Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy.

Ian Leahy

Title 1: Vibrant Cities Lab

Title 2: Tree Equity: Career Pathways

Biography

Ian Leahy has overseen American Forests’ urban forestry program since 2014. Based in Washington, DC, he has developed a Community ReLeaf program that helps cities across the United States build capacity for managing and growing their urban forests through a comprehensive change model. This includes data analysis, planning, advocacy, innovative financing, and restoration projects.

Community ReLeaf has won multiple awards, most recently a Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships. Ian has also led initiatives to advance the urban forestry movement in general, including the Vibrant Cities Lab (vibrantcitieslab.com), Tree Equity: Career Pathways, and new tools to advance climate mitigation and public health.

Prior to American Forests, Ian served as the State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the District of Columbia and managed his own landscape design and installation business. He studied natural resources management at Cornell University.

May Carter – Saving our cities, one tree at a time

Biography

May has academic qualifications in leisure sciences, social science and environmental management. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher with several universities and as a consultant for government agencies and not-for-profit community and environmental organisations. May’s research, publications, national and international presentations cover topics relating to planning, design and management of parks and urban green space; protected area management; outdoor recreation and tourism; health promotion; and community development through engagement in planning and decision making. May currently works in cross-agency policy and research for the Western Australian state government.

Ian Mcalister – Building a Tree Planting Framework for Urban Resilience

Biography

Ian McAlister, Manager Recreation and Open Space, Dubbo Regional Council Ian has worked in the local government sphere for the past 30 years and currently holds the position of Manager Recreation and Open Space at Dubbo Regional Council.

As a strong advocate for the need of a connected park network to promote human health and well-being Ian has consistently pushed the discussion on the need for long term planning for the integration of Green and Grey Infrastructure to achieve intergeneration benefits to the Dubbo community. This has included the acceptance of the Stockholm Tree Planting methodology which is providing a dramatic transformation in the planting of trees within the hierarchy of the urban road system.

Ian has qualifications in Amenity Horticulture, Parks Recreational and Heritage and Natural Resource Management and has been undertaking additional study through the University of Melbourne in the area of Green Infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Cashman

Title 1: Trees and development; bridging the gap between design and construction

Title 2: Managing large roots within the excavation envelope

Biography

Dave Cashman is an Associate Director and Principal Consultant with Barrell Tree Consultancy (BTC), one of the UK’s most successful Arboricultural Practices, working primarily in the planning and legal sectors (https://www.barrelltreecare.co.uk/). He is part of a team of 14 people, specialising in assessing trees on development sites and project managing their protection through to occupation.

Dave has worked with trees for 40 years, starting his career with the London Borough of Sutton, first as a climbing arborist and then as a tree officer. In 2003, after 15 years in local government, he joined BTC, bringing his wealth of public sector planning expertise into the professional consultancy arena. Dave is accomplished international speaker having delivered conference presentations and workshops in the UK, Sweden, USA, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.

Mark Hartley –  Accidental Tree Failures

Biography

Mark Hartley is a second-generation arborist whose career spans over three decades. Mark has studied widely in Australia and the United States. His reputation and expertise in tree transplanting have taken him to 7 countries in 3 different continents. His expertise with palms resulted in him providing consultancy services in the UAE to the Royal Family.

Mark has given evidence as an expert witness in the Local, District, Land and Environment, and Supreme courts of NSW and has served as a court appointed expert for the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Tom Vassallo – Arboriculture Qualification Review

Biography

Tom has many years’ experience in vocational education and training human resources and retail management, including secondary school teaching, learning and development consulting, delivery and assessment of Certificate IV Training and Assessment, developing training and assessment resources and managing training package projects. Tom’s roles prior to joining Skills Impact included Training Package Project Manager with the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council, Training Programs Manager with the Master Builders Association of Victoria and Curriculum Maintenance Manager – Building Services for Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Management and a Diploma of Training and Assessment.

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Utility Presenter Highlights

Stacie Grassano & Jeff Filip – A practical approach to risk driven Vegetation Management

Biography

Stacie Grassano – GM Technology and Operations, Intelfuse

Stacie is Co-Founder and General Manager Technology and Operations at Intelfuse and has fifteen years’ experience in the geospatial, LiDAR and tree care industry and is an ISA Certified Utility Arborist PD-1435AU. Stacie holds a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science specialising in Entomology. She has worked in the Environmental, Research, IT and Electricity Utility Sectors and is a certified Project Management Professional with the PMI.

Stacie has served as Project Director for major IT and LiDAR development and delivery projects in North America and Asia Pacific, including major Remote Sensing Electricity Transmission and Distribution Projects. Stacie’s core focus is the development and implementation of innovative LiDAR processing technology that greatly advances analytics for vegetation and asset management programs.

Jeff Filip – GM Strategy Development, Intelfuse

Jeff joined the Australian Power Sector during the mid-80s when utilities were dealing with bushfires caused by vegetation in contract with lines. Jeff played a key role in implementing bushfire policy at a regional level and has held senior management, strategy and technology development roles in both the public and private sector. He heads up Risk Solution Strategy at Intelfuse and is involved in development of new service offerings around LiDAR automation and technology. Jeff holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Master’s Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Stephen Martin – Right of Way Management – Insights from the International Symposium, Denver

Biography

Stephen is actively involved in knowledge sharing, which is demonstrated through his involvement in various industry bodies, such as the Energy Network Association Vegetation Management Working Group.

Stephen Martin is currently Land Strategist for Powerlink Queensland, which includes setting policy, monitoring performance, liaising with stakeholders and identifying efficiencies during a period of significant industry change.

In 2018, Stephen realised a career goal and presented two papers at the International Right of Symposium in Denver, Colorado. Stephen will share the learnings and experience from the Symposium at the Arboriculture Australia Annual Conference.

James Urbanowsky

Presentation #1 Title: Reliability Based Vegetation Management Strategies in the US and Canada.

Presentation #2 Title: Future Directions on Vegetation Management Practises and Strategies in the US and Canada.

Biography

James has been working for NB Power for the past 18 years, starting as Distribution Vegetation Field Operations Manager, with a 25,000km distribution network.

James is currently Senior Engineer T&D Vegetation Asset Management, responsible for T-veg NERC compliance, T&D vegetation annual plans, integrating LiDAR into program planning, and new process development.

As well, James is on several industry working committees, including CEATI, NATF and the US-UAA, benchmarking utility vegetation programs, leveraging GIS for vegetation management, applying linear programming for optimization, and defining strategies for improved reliability-based vegetation management. James is a Professional Engineer, Professional Forester, former certified gas pipeline inspector and ROW Agent, current ISA Certified Arborist / Utility Specialist, and Past President of ISA Atlantic.

Randal Miller

Abstract 1: Reliability-based Vegetation Management

Abstract 2: An Overview of Utility

Arboriculture: The Utility Specialist Certification Guide

Biography

Randall H. Miller joined CNUC as the Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence in May 2017 and currently maintains and cultivates a knowledge of UVM practices, regulations, trends, budgets, utility assets, arboriculture, ecology, technology and other subject areas. Randall performs formal benchmark and attribute comparisons across regions, company types, and programs dedicated to UVM. Prior to joining CNUC, he worked at PacifiCorp for more than 23 years , including nearly six years as an area forester, 18 years as system forester, and retiring from the company as the director of vegetation management. As PacifiCorp’s VM director, Randall developed comprehensive specifications based on industry practices, and managed thousands of overhead distribution and transmission lines for the utility. He served on ACRT’s Board of Directors from 2009-2015.

Miller holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in urban forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and an ISA Certified Utility Specialist (IL-0225 BU). He has been Chair of the TREE Fund Board of Trustees, President of the Utility Arborist Association, twice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute Vegetation Management Task Force, President of the Oregon Community Forest Council (now Oregon Community Trees), and editor of the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter newsletter. He has served on the ISA Certification Test Committee and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Randall is recipient of the 2005 ISA RW Harris Author’s Citation and has the ISA Integrated Vegetation Management Best Management Practices and, with Geoff Kempter, the upcoming Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide among his credits. He speaks widely on arboriculture topics.

Randall H. Miller holds an MS in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® and Utility Specialist™ He has been director of research and development at CNUC since retiring as director of vegetation management after 23 years at PacifiCorp in May 2017. He writes and speaks widely on arboriculture topics and is co-author with Geoff Kemper of the revised utility specialist study guide.

Daniel Heyburn

Keeping Our People Safe – Drop Zones And Exclusion Zones

Biography

Passionate about both Arboriculture and Health and Safety, Daniel has 25 years of broad industry experience spanning Horticulture, Arboriculture, Workplace Health and Safety, Environment, Rehabilitation, Disaster Response, Training and Consulting practices. Supporting multiple states of Australia, Daniel joined ETS Vegetation Management in 2001 and has championed building ETS’s first training database, a combined training and audit database and an electronic integrated Safety Management System.

In his role of National Safety Environment Quality and Systems Manager, Daniel is responsible for seven state and divisional Safety Committees, driving HS&E initiatives across business, and is building a culture of safety and continuous improvement.

Shane Brunker, Sophie Davison & Scott Mckenzie

Understanding the past, present and future clearance requirements

Biography

Shane Brunker – Technical Director, NM Group

Shane oversees the development of new products and services with our R&D branch and leads on the implementation of new equipment and systems. Shane has been with NM Group for 7 years and previously managed our field operations and processing/engineering teams. His background is the geospatial and remote sensing sciences, having earlier worked on the spatial and land information side of government.

 

Sophie Davison – Product Manager, NM Group

Sophie is currently a product manager at NM Group, focusing on innovating their geospatial vegetation management solutions, and previously spent the best part of the last 8 years working in and researching forest environments. Sophie shares academic and industry experience in using LiDAR and other Remote Sensing technologies to model and visualise these complex natural systems, having spent time working at both academic institutions and in the geospatial industry.

Scott McKenzie (Vegetation Manager, Endeavour Energy)

Three decades of studying Australian native vegetation, Scott McKenzie has developed, managed, and taught a range of conservation/risk-based programs throughout Australia. Specialising in NSW environmental legislation and risk-based modelling, Scott has co- authored a range of documents including Endeavour Energy’s vegetation control manual, hazard tree identification course and has been a technical reviewer for the industry safety standards (NSW) including bushfire risk mitigation. In 2018 Scott collaborated with a team to develop a risk-based model assessing growth rates and hazard trees to optimise vegetation maintenance performance cycles using LiDAR technology.

Alexandra Lewis

Working with our stakeholders to deliver improvements and reduce our vegetation clearance requirements

Biography

Alexandra Lewis joined SA Power Networks in September 2013 within the Strategic Asset Management team which is responsible for the long-term and high-level management decisions relating to the electrical assets.

Since joining SA Power Networks she has been instrumental in the preparation of a long-term plan for vegetation management near powerlines, in close consultation with Local Government and key stakeholders, which aims to reduce the need for tree trimming over time and improve how we manage vegetation near powerlines.

Alex has a Masters in Environmental Planning and has worked for the past 20 years in a range of stakeholder engagement and environmental planning and assessment positions across state and local government and the private sector. Alex has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement.

Oxana Dankova – Global vegetation management practices – Pathway to 4.0

Biography

Oxana Dankova is a Partner and Managing Director in BCG’s Energy practice, based in Sydney.

Oxana is a core member of BCG’s global Network Transformation Services team and since 2006 has worked with multiple BCG Energy clients in Russia, Europe, North America and Middle East prior to transferring to Australia in 2015.

In Australia, she has been supporting several NEM DNSPs in end-to-end network operations improvement, process redesign and digitisation, advanced asset management capability build, and vegetation management.

Oxana holds an MA in Economics and a PhD from the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science

Heath Frenwin – Six impacts of Distributed Energy on Utility Vegetation Management

Biography

Heath Frewin is Manager Strategy – Vegetation at Essential Energy, having recently joined the organisation in February 2019. He has been acquired by Essential Energy to provide strategic direction and leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies and risks relating to the vegetation clearance/corridor asset class.

Heath is a passionate advocate for true risk-based and asset management-structured approaches to utility vegetation management. Previous employment has included time as Head of Distribution with the leading national electricity and gas utility lobby, Energy Networks Australia (ENA), where he was an integral part of influencing the existing and future technical regulatory environment for utilities.

Review Of Arboriculture Qualifications And Units Of Competency

Critical information session and discussion forum to held at this year’s conference.

  • Project scope and drivers
  • Project phases, development and consultation processes
  • Changes to qualifications and units of competency
  • Validation Industry validation forum:
  • Introduction to validation – validator’s role
  • Validation of qualifications
  • Validations of units of competency and skill sets
  • Validation wrap up and next steps

AS4970:2009 Protection of trees on development sites review

AS4970 is considered a critical tool for our industry and is now 10 years old. Standards Australia have advised it must be reconfirmed, withdrawn, made obsolescent; or revised.

To take advantage of the largest gathering of arborists in Australia a facilitated discussion forum will be held to gather feedback for submission to ensure the Standard remains valid.

Your participation is important to ensure that the Standard is improved and retains its status as a key tool for our industry.

Further information at http://arboriculture.org.au/About-Us/Policies

UAAA Panel Sessions

  • Panel Session: Who’s engaging the customer, and where’s the value?

(Chair: Heath Frewin, Vegetation Strategy Manager, Essential Energy)

  • Panel Session: Working near power lines safely, 100% of the time

(Chair: Pete Halliwell, Commercial Manager, Essential Energy)

  • Panel Session: The value and challenges of implementing long term

Vegetation Management strategies (Chair: Matt Palmer, Vegetation Specialist, Energy Queensland)

  • Panel Session: Big data – what vegetation data do we really need?

(Chair: Kevin Hamblin, General Manager, Utility Contracts, TreeServe)

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SAVE OUR SCRIBBLIES

Trees can tell us so much about life, yet many species are  gradually disappearing from our landscapes before we even know their full story. Take for example the humble Scribbly Gum.

 

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Iconic Australian gums like Scribbly Gums, unfortunately labelled ‘widow makers’ for their propensity to drop large limbs, are often the first to be removed from development sites. With their smooth white/cream trunks and distinctive markings, Scribblies form a defining part of our Australian identity with the bush. Those strange zigzagging patterns often noticed on them were first illustrated in 1918 by author May Gibbs in her much loved classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Great Australian poet Judith Wright wrote about the mysterious

“Scribbly Gums naturally grow in an open forest with an understorey of native grasses and wildflowers.”

scribbles underneath the splitting bark in her 1955 poem“Scribbly-Gum”. But it was only in recent years that the biology behind the tree’s complex scribbles was further unravelled. A group of retired scientists contributed to an in-depth CSIRO study of Scribbly Gum Moths (Ogmograptis species) (Horan et al. 2012). It was determined that Ogmograptis is linked to the Australian Tritymba genus belonging to the Bucculatricidae family, and eleven new species of the moth were found and described. The study demonstrates some of the difficulties involved in classifying insects with shared Gondwanan ancestry.

“I would like to see more arborists encouraging tree owners to manage trees long term instead of removing them at will.”

Only a small group of smooth-barked eucalypts (mostly in Queensland and New South Wales) attracts Scribbly Gum Moths including E. haemastoma, E. racemosa, E. rossii or/and E. sclerophylla. Several other eucalypt species not considered to be “Scribbly Gums” can also have scribbles on their upper branches eg Blackbutt (E. pilularis), Sydney Blue Gum (E. salignus) and Snow Gum (E. pauciflora).

orest with an understorey of native grasses and wildflowers. These forests would have been traditionally burnt every decade but modern fire management practices require more frequent burning of remnant bushland. Such controls threaten the longterm survival of the habitat and the species that have come to rely on them. More pressing than fire management is the ongoing removal of large and veteran trees from the ever increasing urban landscape. The few that do survive the onslaught of development or infilling will suffer from accumulated effects as many local government arborists can attest. Redland City Council arborist, Ken Folkes, believes the trend to fill blocks with the house envelope, leaving little room for yard and garden, has contributed to the loss of natural environments. He said people are adapting to living indoors for the most part and many now rely on public parks for their weekend “green fix”.

“My experience is that people have basically turned from being risk tolerant to risk averse. This perception and fear of big trees only exacerbates the demise of large trees surviving in urban areas. It is not uncommon for the new owner to deem a remaining tree to be dangerous and request its removal. These trees can be pruned and I would like to see more arborists encouraging tree owners to manage trees long term instead of removing them at will.

“It is the loss and fragmentation of veteran eucalypts like Scribblies that worries me the most. I would like to be able to save as many as possible on development sites and larger properties. Some of these trees can be well over 200 years old and extremely valuable in terms of habitat and species preservation.

“We have to remember, these trees have been here before the white man and have adapted to climatic changes and the microchanges to their environment caused by extensive logging in the past and alteration of natural overland water flow. The value of seed from veteran trees is priceless – once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Ken is particularly passionate about protecting Scribbly Gums due to the presence of crucial hollow bearing limbs, which many arboreal creatures are so desperately in need of. “These trees are being trashed at a phenomenal rate and cannot be replaced simply by hanging wooden boxes. I am a strong advocate for education by way of assisting the public to better understand the importance of preserving giant remnant eucalypts.

One of the veteran trees Ken’s team managed to have retained is a 200 yearold eucalypt with extensive large diameter hollows – homes to cockatoo, galah, parakeet, goanna, possum, and many other arboreal critters that all rely on the shelter and subsequent food chain this tree provides. A sign at its base enlightens the public as to why the now dead tree is being preserved.

References

Horak, M., Day, M.F., Barlow, C., B, Edwards, E.D., Su, Y.N., and Cameron S.L. (2012). Systematics and biology of the iconic Australian scribbly gum moths Ogmograptis Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) and their unique insect–plant interaction Invertebrate Systematics Vol:26, 357-398. Horak, M. (2012) Unravelling the mystery of eucalypt scribbles https:// theconversation.com/unravelling-themystery-of-eucalypt-scribbles-11023, retrieved 12 November 2017.

Biology Behind The Scribbles

According to Dr Marianne Horak (2012), this is how it all happens: in late autumn, the tiny grey Scribbly Gum Moth lays its eggs on the surface of the eucalypt bark. Once hatched, the larvae bore through the undersurface of the egg into the bark and then make elaborate trails, first burrowing in long irregular loops and later in a more regular zigzag, which is doubled up after a narrow turning loop. When the cork cambium starts to produce cork to shed the outer bark, it produces scar tissue in response to the feeding of the caterpillar, filling the double part of the larval tunnel with highly nutritious, thin-walled cells. These replacement cells are ideal food for the caterpillar, which moults into the final larval stage with legs, turns around and eats its way back along the way it has come. It then grows rapidly to maturity, bores its way out of the trunk, drops to the ground and spins a flat, ribbed silken cocoon on a hidden spot attached to a stone or fallen bark. By late summer or autumn, pupation has taken place and the moth leaves to begin another life cycle. Not long after, the bark cracks off, exposing the iconic scribbles beneath. Adult moths are rarely seen, despite the evidence left behind.  AA

 

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