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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.

Rain At Last!

As fickle and cruel as the seasons can be, many areas of eastern Australia have finally received very welcome rain in recent weeks and a welcome reprieve from the fiercest fire season in living memory. Some areas a little too much rain and many areas still yet to receive significant fall totals. Many dams in rural areas are full again and many storage dams have received inflows of some significance. Drought declarations are still in place but once again, the resilience of Australia’s trees, most particularly its native tree species, is just stunning to behold as they seemingly kick back into life and keep Arborists busy.Is my tree dying? Are burned trees safe to retain? Will they survive? Leaves on trees showing significant stress. What is their tipping point? Will they recover? These are just a few of the questions fielded by Arborists working in drought and/or fire affected areas in recent months.As if to remind us, the recent sight of a large burnt tree trunk section washed up on one of Surfers Paradise’s main beaches provided a salient juxtaposition between of the recent devastating fires in the nearby Hinterland and the torrential rain which followed shortly after, which washed such a huge log so far. Steamy heat heralding the 2020 cyclone season! 2020’s summer season has had it all for Aussies.The resilience of Australia’s native species reminds us that there is much to be thankful for and Queensland and QAA in particular are ready to welcome visitors!

Extending A Warm Welcome

QAA’s Executive, led by President Bill Wilcock, proudly extends a warm welcome to fellow arborists from around the nation and around the world as they arrive on the Gold Coast for Arboriculture Australia National Conference from May 14 – 19 2020! This is a fantastic opportunity for Queensland’s local arborists who find the tyranny of distance prevents their travel to Conferences further afield difficult. Do take this opportunity to discuss the challenges Arborist’s face in their day-to-day work with fellow colleagues. Checkout new climbing gear or learn new techniques. Check out new diagnostic technologies and machinery to improve efficiencies and work safety and learn more about the new industry initiatives including MIS (Minimum Industry Standards) developed by many Arborists around Australia and driven by Arboriculture Australia for the benefit and safety of everyone working in the arboricultural industry.

Extending A Warm Welcome

A number of QAA members have been involved in the identification and management of an Avenue of Honour. As Anzac Day approaches once again, it is poignant to reflect on the spirit of those instrumental in establishing these living memorials to those who did not return from war service, originally for WWI, and subsequently for fallen Australians in all subsequent wars. Recognition also goes to the amazing David Lawry of Treenet who initiated and drove the AoH project. (See more at www.avenuesofhonour.org). If you know of an Avenue of Honour not yet to be listed on the AoH register you can contact Glen Williams (Treenet) directly via webpage treenet.org or via QAA’s Office and we will be happy to put you in touch. To be involved with this project and see some of the restored Avenues come to life and find recognition once again is truly rewarding.

QAA’s Workshop & Training 2020

Make sure your entry is in for the upcoming QTCC and practice events! This annual competition is not only your chance to be selected to represent your State at the National and ISA Climbing Competitions, it is also an invaluable opportunity to hone your skills, learn new skills and to learn from the best of the best!Practice Day: 20 June – Colmslie Park Reserve, MorningsideCompetition Day: 24th – 25th July – Nixon Park, OxleyWho can enter: All interested climbers!There is something for all levels of expertise!How to enter: Via QAA App or QAA webpageRegistration close: 1st July 2020Discounted entry fee: 1st May 2020*All entrants must preregister to allow for pre-event gear and eligibility checks.Strictly registered entrants only! No registration – No competition!Interested but not a QAA Member? Contact QAA Office at (07) 3821 1488 or via email at office@qaa.net.auQAA Executive continues to work to bring training to all areas of Queensland. Keep an eye out for upcoming training sessions in north Queensland.Please contact Bec Dalton in QAA’s Office  if you know of a potential training opportunity,you run a Company who can provide training relevant to arboriculture, local Council or organisation and you need a hand to realise an (training event) opportunity to bring new skills and improved safety techniques in your local community.QAA is a volunteer-based Association, inclusive of all abilities and industry participants, from Groundie to Climber Practicing Arborist, Consulting Arborist, apprentice starting out or those nearing retirement, Business Owner or aspiring to own your own business.No matter where in Queensland or northern New South Wales you are located, QAA offers Members State level representation and an accredited Training and Workshop Programme which caters for all Members and for anyone interested in undertaking a career path in Arboriculture.

QAA Events Calendar 2020 April 2020


When: April 10-13


When: April 25Where: Avenue of Honour projectMAY 2020

Arboriculture Australia National Conference

When: May 14-19 Where: Gold CoastMIS305: TREE CLIMBINGTechniques for Access, Work Positioning and DescentWhen: May 5-6Where: Cleveland HQ

JUNE 2020

QTCC Practice Climbing Day

When: June 20Where: Colmslie Reserve, Morningside

JULY 2020

MIS303: TREE DISMANTLING Techniques for Rigging and Aerial Tree Removal OperationsWhen: July 7-8Where: Cleveland HQQueensland Tree Climbing Championships (QTCC)When: July 24-25Where: Nixon Park SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020MIS304: AERIAL RESCUE Techniques for Rescuing Stranded and/or Injured ClimbersWhen: September 8-9 Where: Cleveland HQ ARBORCAMPTM 2020When: Dates to be confirmed Where: Venue to be confirmed


When: Dates to be confirmedWhere: Venue to be confirmedMore To ComePlant Identification, Soils, And FUNGI WorkshopsWhen: Dates to be confirmedWhere: Cleveland HQ

TRAQ Renewal Course

When: Dates to be confirmed Where: Cleveland HQTRAQ Full CourseWhen: Dates to be confirmedWhere: Cleveland HQ


When: Dates to be confirmedWhere: Cleveland HQ


QAA is indebted to its Sponsors! QAA Membership subscriptions are important but many of our Events and Training Days just could not happen without our wonderful Sponsors! Please go to QAA’s Facebook and Webpages to find out more about the services they offer and consider them when making your next purchases. QAA proudly thanks the following Companies and organisations who have so kindly supported QAA throughout the 2019 – 2020 Sponsorship year and looks forward to welcoming you back onboard in 2020 – 2021!Industry Support: Fitzpatrick & CoInsurance BrokersEvents Sponsor: StihlGold Sponsors: ETS, Bandit, HusqvarnaSilver Sponsors: Vermeer, AllClassBronze Sponsors: BOQ Forest Lake,Powerclear, TreescapeMembers and interested attendees to any of our events, training days are encouraged to regularly check in to the QAA’s App, Website and Facebook pages for further information. Remember event bookings can be made through QAA’s App or online via the events page: https://qaa.net.au/ event-directory/. Early bird and Member discounts apply! Don’t be shy – come along and see why trained Arborists are so passionate about safety through education and the benefits of shared industry based professional advocacy!Please – Maintain your skills! Update your training! Stay in touch! Stay safe! Enjoy the vibrant place we work in!

QAA Executive Committee 2020

For more information call QAA on 3821 1488, visit www.qaa.net.au  or email office@qaa.net.au

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