The Queensland Arboricultural Association update

The Queensland Arboricultural Association proudly welcomed a fresh wave of leadership during its Annual General Meeting at the close of 2023. We are thrilled to announce Jamie Boston as the new president of the association for the upcoming year.

Jamie is a familiar face in our community, having previously served as vice president in 2023. His dedication to the field extends beyond his administrative roles; as an enthusiastic competitive climber, Jamie is the current Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Champion. His contributions to the arboriculture community were further acknowledged when he was named Mentor of the Year at our 30 Year Gala Dinner.

Alongside Jamie, we welcome Kyle O’Leary (vice president), Jan Paterson (treasurer/secretary), and the newest member of our Executive Committee, Glenn Dalton. We extend our deepest gratitude to these individuals for dedicating their time and expertise to the QAA and the wider industry in 2024.

Event recap: Aerial Rescue workshops

In recent months the QAA has been bustling with activity, hosting Aerial Rescue workshops across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and shortly, Sunshine Coast. These sessions, rooted in the principles of the Minimum Industry Standard MIS304 Aerial Rescue, delved into a spectrum of rescue scenarios and techniques. They served as an invaluable resource for competitive climbers, offering insights on maximising points in aerial-rescue events. The workshops encompassed a comprehensive range of topics including pre-rescue planning, emergency response strategies, various access methods, casualty care, pick-off and pole-top rescues, and optimal equipment configuration. The engagement and enthusiasm from participants of all skill levels were remarkable. A special thank you to Craig Reid for his expert guidance in presenting each workshop, and to Steve Jackson, Jamie Boston, and Kurt Brown for their support.

The Aerial Rescue workshops were an invaluable resource. Image: QAA

Event Recap: Trees in the Landscape

As we head into the final workshops in the Bryan Gould series, this one, again, did not disappoint. Bryan gave the attendees an understanding of the role of an arborist as a ‘visionary’ and ‘landscape manager’, explaining the benefits and values of trees as well as the process of vegetation establishment. By the end of the workshop, the attendees were familiar with their role and relationship to other professionals, the varied benefits and values of trees, and the range of issues involved when planning and preparing sites for planting. Feedback to Bryan’s workshops has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees stating they love listening to Bryan and the wealth of knowledge he always delivers.

Upcoming events

Looking ahead, the QAA calendar is filled with exciting opportunities for growth and learning. The QTRA is set for Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26. The Amateur Open is scheduled for Saturday March 16, and this year we are back to Colmslie Beach Reserve in Morningside. Tickets are available now, please visit our website to register. We are looking for additional trade sponsors for this event. Please contact the office for more information.

QAA Aerial Rescue workshops cover a range of topics, including pre-rescue planning, emergency response strategies, various access methods, casualty care, pick-off and pole-top rescues, and optimal equipment configuration. Image: QAA

Objective Writing workshop

In a continuation of our commitment to professional development, Bryan Gould will conclude his workshop series with an Objective Writing workshop on Monday, April 15th. This workshop is tailored to enhance skills in creating detailed case studies and workplace reports. Participants will delve into the nuances of formal writing, learn how to add credibility to their writing, and understand the responsibilities and liabilities that come with professional writing. By the end of the session, attendees will be equipped to structure and present information logically, with improved proficiency in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, culminating in the production of coherent, objective, and well-referenced documents.

For more details and to book your place, visit the QAA’s events page.

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