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QAA – actively representing and promoting the development of professional arboricultural standards; the lead industry body supporting the tree care profession in Queensland and Northern NSW since 1992.

Continuing to ensure our association is easily recognisable as the lead industry and professional representative body co-ordinating all aspects of arboriculture in Queensland. and northern NSW, QAA’s 2019 Executive Team has led a busy calendar of events throughout its 2018-2019 term.

QAA, along with its affiliate arboricultural associations, continues to promote greater understanding and ‘best practice’ care of trees at a local, national and international level – striving to provide timely information and training opportunities for its Members and interested members of the public. Improved recognition of world’s best arboricultural practice and Australian Tree standards, not only in the public realm (for tree owners and tree keepers), but also timely information around employer obligations and information relevant for everyone working in and around trees. Information and training to minimise the occurrence of avoidable accidents as is sadly highlighted in a recent SE Qld court case. Our thoughts are with all involved in this very tragic incident.

On a brighter note, back by popular demand this year sees the return of QAA’s Arborcamp™ over the weekend of Sep 20-22, 2019. Our grateful thanks are extended to Ben Inman and his Subcommittee so ably supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and QAA’s Sponsors. What a fantastic event! The multiple facilities layout at Rocky Creek Scout Campground, Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast is a brilliant venue for this event catering not only to QAA Members but also to their families, friends and interested spectators – a great weekend of learning and camaraderie! Head to QAA’s Facebook and web pages for more information and great photos.

Climbing Competition News

ITCC 2019 – Knoxsville, Tennessee Congratulations to all our Aussie Climbers who competed in at the 2019 International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC). Huge congratulations to Barton Allen-Hall who placed 2nd in the Masters and Terry Boston who placed 6th and competitor Maja Rasmussen Blasch! All participants did our country proud!

QTCC 2019 – Fig Tree Pocket, Qld

Once again superlatives fly! As the accompanying photos show, this was possibly the biggest Tree Climbing comp to date and a weekend of great weather ensured competitors, their support crews of family and friends and interested spectators were kept enthralled. Climbers displayed incredible skill and agility as they negotiated their events with complete professionalism.

Ensuring competition was strong, 46 aspiring and experienced climbers competed for many prizes including major prizes of Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws for the Men’s and Women’s Grand Championships.

Congratulations to all competitors, particularly Nick Sanderson (Male Masters Champion) and Jess Hamer (Female Masters Champion). QAA wishes these two Champions well as they now progress to representing Qld at the 2020 National ATCC to be held on the Gold Coast next year.

Very grateful thanks are extended to our very dedicated QTCC Subcommittee headed by Ben McDonald and his amazing support crew including Judges, scorers, set-up and take-down crews. Thanks also to our amazing Sponsors who so willingly support this event each year.

Once again please head to QAA’s Facebook and Webpages for full details and professional photos taken by professional photographer Danielle D’Arcy and Adam Tom.

AGM 2019

QAA Members are warmly invited to attend QAA’s upcoming AGM on Saturday 12 October, 2019 at Cleveland Headquarters. See the QAA webpage and social media channels for information.

Nominations for QAA 2019-2020 Office Bearers Are Now Open.

To nominate, please download a Nomination form from our web portals or contact a current Exec Member or QAA Office. A reminder: your QAA Membership must be current financial to be eligible to stand for election or to vote.

Formalities at the AGM will include the election of all QAA Office Bearers for 2019-2020 and the presentation of reports. Retiring QAA President Roger Rankine will update Members on his very busy term and QAA’s Technical Officer Bec Dalton will deliver the Technical Officer’s Report, industry and Sponsorship news.

Volunteering – It’s true! Gain new skills, new friends and new contacts both locally in Qld as well as across Australia and beyond. Please raise your hand if you would like to volunteer for an Executive position, to assist on a Subcommittee or if you would like to know more about how your Association works; be assured your contribution will be appreciated. The reward of volunteer experience far exceeds the time you put in and every little bit counts, no matter how small.

Expressions Of Interest

If you missed out on one of our sold-out QAA Workshops this year, the 2020 Workshop Programme is in now planning. Submissions and suggestions are welcome for next year’s programme. Please remember that early bookings are a must to avoid missing out on a place.

A reminder that current financial QAA Membership entitles (Member) access to discounted rates on training events and Sponsor products.

To keep in touch, log in through QAA’s App or Webpage ‘Member Portal’ at www.qaa.net.au. Alternatively, contact QAA’s office on email office@qaa.net.au or call (07) 3821 1488 and our friendly Office Staff will be only too happy to answer your queries, forward Nomination and Submission Forms or help you navigate our new systems.

Retiring QAA Executive Committee 2019 would like to thank all QAA Members and Staff for their dedicated support throughout this busy year and wish all returning and new Executive Team Members well for their 2019-2020 term. Please – Maintain your skills! Update your training! Stay in touch! Stay safe! Enjoy the vibrant place we work in!

Retiring QAA Executive Committee 2019 Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc.

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