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It’s A Wrap!

QAA’s 2018-2019 Executive Committee has overseen another very busy year culminating with the 2019 AGM in early October and final Workshop programmes for the year.

During his address to AGM attendees, QAA’s new President Bill Wilcock extended a vote of grateful thanks to the outgoing 2018-2019 Executive Committee led by retiring President Roger Rankine. Bill described the committee’s term as one of steadying, review and, in particular, important updating of Sponsorships, insurances, review (to identify) legal liabilities, event protocols and web services; all vitally important to the longevity and efficient running of the Association.

Bill went on to outline a little of his vision for new Executive’s incoming term including further overhaul of QAA’s Constitution needed to address changes which could never have been foreseen by QAA’s earlier Executives.

Bill also reminded attendees that this review and updating is an ongoing responsibility of Executive members who are charged with ensuring that the Association protocols are in place to address liability and operating efficiencies. Further, that the inaugural Executive term commenced long before emails, zoom meetings, Google, online internet banking etc. Ensuring that the Association is ‘fit for purpose’ is perhaps the most important of the Executive responsibilities.

Executive Member Henk Morgans tabled the new Minimum Industry Standards books which have been developed by Arboriculture Australia through the tireless work of contributors from around Australia and beyond. Henk commended these to attendees and explained that further sponsorship is being sought to support (their) wider distribution to industry participants including trainee Arborists. Please let us know if you can assist.

Year In Review

In his Report to the AGM, outgoing President Roger Rankine outlined many of the accomplishments of the retiring Executive. Of particular note, were the number of ‘Sold Out’ Workshops held throughout the year and the very popular Association events, QTCC, Arborcamp™ and Climber Training Days.

A vote of thanks was passed during the meeting to all Organising Committee Members and Subcommittee Members including Ben Inman, Matty and Tanya Johns who were instrumental in seeing the return of Arborcamp™ to the QAA 2019 Calendar of Events.

A special note of thanks was extended to Scouts Qld for their invaluable assistance in running the children’s event programme during the camp.

Year Ahead

QAA’s workshop administrator Bec Dalton spoke of QAA’s full Workshop Programme planned for the upcoming year. A number

of popular regulars will be returning including TRAQ and QTRA Accreditation and refresher courses, Soils and Fungi Workshops and more.

Noting that QAA is now breaking down the tyranny of distance by regularly holding Executive Meetings via Zoom, new President Bill Wilcock extended a warm welcome to all Members wishing to join a Subcommittee or the Executive. Bill also extended an invitation to Members to submit their ideas for future training sessions, event days and strategies to improve pathways between QAA and student traineeship programmes, particularly in secondary schools.

QAA 2020 Training Programme Wondering how you can be more involved in the exciting field of Arboriculture in Qld and the adjacent northern region of NSW? Like to hear more about Tree Risk Training, the fascinating world of Fungi, Soil Science or how to improve your climbing technique?

Stay up to date via QAA’s App, Webpage, Facebook and upcoming Arbor Age articles for news of QAA events. We are an inclusive, welcoming Association, whether you are a student, Practicing or Consulting Arborist, business owner or looking to advance your career.

In Conclusion

Compliments of the season are extended to all Members and Arbor Age readers!

As always, Stay updated! Stay Educated! Stay Safe! especially in the run-down rush to the Christmas break and summer storm season.

QAA Executive Members look forward to catching up somewhere around a cool shady tree in the 2020 New Year! Our best wishes for calm, soaking drought-breaking rains in all desperately parched areas of Australia.

QAA Executive Committee 2019-2020 For more information call QAA on (07) 3821 14 88 or visit www.qaa.net.au

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