Saturday October 15th saw Landscaping Victoria celebrate their 2016 Industry Awards and 50th Anniversary Gala in style at the Pullman Albert Park. One of their biggest events to date, the night brought together individuals from all corners of the industry to celebrate the achievements of Landscaping Victoria members.
The team at Formation Landscapes had every reason to celebrate on the night, walking away with an impressive 5 awards, culminating in their win of 'Landscape of the Year'. Chris Weiss and the team put forward two striking projects, which both wowed the judges across a number of categories. Across the two projects, Formation claimed the 'Landscape Design Under 60sqm', 'Landscape Design Over 200sqm', 'Residential Construction over $300,000' and the 'Grant Saltmarsh Memorial Feature in the Landscape Award'. The end of the night saw Formation take out 'Landscape of the Year' for their impressive Surrey Hills Project, which was deemed a "useable, low maintenance entertainment space incorporating a kid friendly zone, and year-round functionality" by the judges. The project was seen to be "a fantastic balance of both hard and soft scape elements, completed to an impeccable level of detail". The judges across all categories praised Formation for their "clever and well considered" approach to such a difficult site. In his acceptance speech, Director Chris Weiss thanked his incredible team for their ability to turn his designs into exceptional finished projects and thanked the support of his partner.
Entering the awards for the first time in their 16 years of membership, Semken Landscaping was rewarded with a win in the 'Landscape Management and Maintenance' category for their Plenty Project, with owner Martin Semken expressing incredible pride in the work that had been undertaken on the project over the past 15 years, while thanking business partner Mandy Bence. For the second year running, Jane Jones Landscapes took out the 'Plants in the Landscape' award for their Kew Project with a garden that "invites exploration and shines with personality and life", while Narrawong based company Timandra Design and Landscaping was awarded the top prize for 'The Sustainable Landscape' category for their Warrnambool Project, with a High Commendation going to Robert Boyle Landscape Design, who also took out the same award in the 'Plants in the Landscape' category.
Tackling location, time and access constraints with aplomb, saw Warrandale Industries take out the 'Commercial Landscape Construction under 500k' category for their Melbourne Zoo Lemur Project, as well as the top gong for 'Hard Structures in the Landscape' for their Grampians Hikers Camp Project. Operating in the industry for over 50 years, Warrandale Industries showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Pipped to the post for the under 500k category, another long-standing company, PTA Landscapes held their own in the 'Commercial Construction over 500k' category, taking out the win for their Monash University Clayton Project. Judges were impressed with PTA's ability to produce such a "high standard of work, in conditions that could only be described as a logistical nightmare." Australian Ecosystems were awarded a High Commendation for their Ascot Vale Project.
Continuing on from their success at last year's Industry Awards, COS Design claimed victory in the "Landscape Design 60-200sqm' category with their Canterbury Project, a" modern, clean, highly functional and visually appealing outdoor living zone", as well as taking out a Commendation for their Caulfield Project in the same category. Also receiving two Highly Commendation nods in the 'Landscape Design under 60 sqm' category, and Commendations in both the "Landscape Design over 200sqm' category and the 'Grant Saltmarsh Feature in the Landscape' category, Steve Taylor and his team at COS Design have much to be proud of.
Variety was the key in the Residential Construction Categories which saw each of the four Awards taken out by different companies. Relative newcomers Bayon Gardens took out the top prize in the 'Residential Construction under 50k' category with their Camberwell Project, as well as claiming a Commendation in the Rising Star Category. 'Residential Landscape Construction 50 -150K' was awarded to Esjay Landscapes for their Canterbury Project, while a vocal Apex Landscapes claimed victory in the 'Residential Landscape Construction 150 – 300K' category for their Ascot Vale Project.
This year's Rising Star award was presented to Landscape Plus, accepted by Director Chris Keay. Awarded to a business less than 5 years of age, judges felt that Landscape Plus impressed the most with their business structure, knowledge and ambition. Chris demonstrated an honest and highly competent profile of his growing business, "a truly impressive business with a clear vision into the future of landscaping." In his acceptance speech Chris Keay thanked his partner for her support over the past 4.5 years and acknowledged the immense amount of hard work and sacrifice that goes into starting up a business and praised those companies who themselves had taken that leap.
Superior quality, excellent communication and consistent product supply saw Warners Nurseries take out the 'Supplier of the Year' awards, while a joint win was presented for Apprentice of the Year to Erik Holt of Ian Barker Gardens and Thomas Conboy of Formation Landscapes, both impressing judges with their diverse, highly technical skill sets, early leadership beyond their years and responsibilities.
A full list of winners including recipients of Highly Commended and Commended awards from the 2016
Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards can be found at www.landscapingvictoria.com.au or here.
At the 2015 Industry Awards, Greener Visions Landscapes took out the award for Rising Star. Being a relatively young business, receiving this sort of acknowledgment was a big moment for Jayden and Daniel, and one which they were able to share with a room full of their peers including countless leaders of the landscaping industry. Although we could go on and on about the benefits and value of entering the awards from here in the office (and we do, given half a chance), it holds greater meaning hearing it first hand from those who took that leap forward and walked away with the prize:
"My name is Daniel Henderson from Greener Visions Landscapes. I have been asked to touch on our experiences of being involved in the industry awards last year from the point of view of a company that is new to the industry (under 5 years) We were fortunate enough to win the Rising Star award of which we are very proud.
We have felt that being involved in the awards process has benefitted our company in many ways. Beyond being able to promote yourselves as an award winner on your website and to your clients, it can also be a great confidence booster and give you a good sense of pride in your craft.
Entering the awards was a fairly simple process and while intimidating atfirst, like anything, once you begin the process it really was quite easy and you look back and wonder, what were you worried about? If you’ve got the
confidence in your own jobs and the confidence in your own business there’s no reason why you cant have a go and get involved.
A very important part of the process for this particular award (The rising Star) was the interview, which was held by Steve Taylor and Andrew Smith. Being involved in the interview process was another great learning
experience and something that made us look at our business structure in another light. Having it dissected and put under the microscope by such respected people in the industry was very interesting and something that we are very grateful for. Even chatting with them on the experiences they had in their formative years and issues that they have had was great to feed off.
Another benefit of being involved was to be recognized on the night of the awards. You couldn’t be at a place with more influential people in the industry at one time. Just having your name read out is a great buzz, and we
were fortunate enough to win. Being able to get up there on the night in front of so many industry giants was a great experience.
One of the most important things we have learned during our time with LV is that just getting more involved in the industry at greater lengths, whether it be for the awards night or attending industry nights, its about participating and getting confident in your business.
I would encourage all members, whether they are first-timers, or more established businesses to speak with an LV representative about entering the Awards as they are more than accommodating to help out if you need assistance.
So in closing I would encourage any business of any size to throw your hat in the ring for the Industry Awards. Regardless of the result it’s a great experience!"
Don't forget, award entries are closing on the 1st of July, that's just 3 weeks away! Don't miss out on what is likely to be our biggest year to date. Get your entries in now! If you never try, you'll never know what you are capable of. Should you be having any difficulties or have any questions regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 1300 365 428 or email@example.com.
It is often the unseen results that make the pursuit of an Award truly worthwhile. Perhaps you have thought that the Awards aren't for you, they're a waste of time and effort or you simply don't see the benefit. All that work and all you get is your name on a trophy? Wrong. The fact of the matter is winning a Landscaping Victoria Industry Award will undoubtedly have a long reaching positive impact on your business in a number of ways.
Differentiation: Finding a landscaper or designer can be quite a daunting process. There are a lot of businesses out there claiming to offer well priced quality work, and sorting through the pack can seem like an almost impossible task for prospective clients. So, how do you set yourself apart? Promote yourself as an Award Winner and the decision for the client just got a whole lot easier! In such a competitive industry, standing out and differentiating yourself from your competitors is more important than ever. Set yourself apart as an Award winning company and let your achievements do the talking for you. The mind of the consumer is suggestible and something as simple as an Award win can be what leads the client to choose you over others.
Visibility: There is no greater marketing tool that an Award win. Stickers, banners, business cards, website promotion, social media coverage, magazine coverage, the list goes on. And, as the list goes on, so does the exposure of your business. When used correctly, this exposure will go on to attract more clients and open your business up to opportunities previously not available. If there's one thing that drives business it's word of mouth! And nothing gets people talking like Awards season. Commendations, Wins, Finalists, their names are all up on the big screen. Put yourself out there and spread your name around. You might find that future clients "read about you in that magazine" or "saw your picture on Instagram". If you don't put yourself out there to be found, then the client will not find you. Simple as that. You don't have to win to gain exposure. Submitting an entry is the first step, and becoming a Finalist or receiving a commendation can be just as effective as taking out first place.
Validation and Morale Building: Awards speak volumes about the hard work and dedication being put forward by your business and its employees. To have this recognised is a feeling second to none. Receiving an Award that acknowledges this hard work could be just the thing that your business needs to lift spirits, reignite passions and set yourselves on course for future success. Even being shortlisted can serve as a reminder that you are being placed at the forefront of the industry. It's validation that you are indeed heading in the right direction and you should be proud of the work you and your team putting forward.
Considering the benefits and the positive impact awards can have on your business and its employees, we cannot emphasise enough, the importance of making a submission into this year's Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards. The first step is always the hardest! Make this year the year you take that step.
All entries are $110 each (inc GST), and submissions close July 1, 2016.
Please click the relevant link below to submit your entries:
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If you have any queries at all, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the LV Office on 1300 365 428.
Have you ever thought about having professional landscaping works completed on your home? Have questions but not sure who to ask? Not quite ready to commit to the costs associated with hiring a professional?
Building on last year’s ‘Advisory Centre’, for Landscaping Victoria's 50th Anniversary year, we will be setting up 3 'consultation corners' within our new dome marquee at MIFGS, offering FREE professional advice. We will have Landscape Builders, Landscape Gardeners and Landscape Designers on hand to offer their help.
Registrations are now open for members of the public to book a time with one of our consultatns.
Did you catch it? On Saturday 13th February, LV’s very own Anthony Scott, resident landscape expert on the lifestyle renovation show, 'The Home Team', gave Landscaping Victoria a huge plug! Anthony reminded the audience of this DIY show the importance of calling in the experts when the job calls for a professional.
In case you missed it, you can watch Anthony talk about Landscaping Victoria by clicking here.
Thanks to Anthony and ‘The Home Team’ for their segment on the importance of calling in a professional landscaper when your garden plans exceed DIY levels.
Anthony is a great ambassador for all professional landscapers and taking the time to mention his membership with a professional industry body such as Landscaping Victoria highlights his passion for the craft.
In an exciting twist, the 2015 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards held at ZINC at Fed Square on October 17th
2015 ended with the prestigious ‘Landscape of the Year’ being awarded jointly to Hamilton Landscapes and
Australian Native Landscape Constructions.
Australian Native Landscape Constructions continue to impress the judges, now chalking up four top prizes in the last 5 years. Their ‘Geology Garden’ at Monash University’s Clayton campus took out top honour in the
‘Commercial Landscape Construction over $500k’ category as well as receiving Highly Commended in the ‘Hard
Structures in the Landscape’ category.
Taking out the joint win for ‘Landscape of the Year’ for his Beaumaris project was the icing on the cake for Paul Hamilton, who in his acceptance speech acknowledged the stunning design by Steve Taylor of C.O.S. Design that he was engaged to build. Earlier in the evening, the meticulously constructed Beaumaris project scooped the pool across a number of categories including ‘Hard Structures in the Landscape’ and ‘Residential Construction over $300K’ for Hamilton Landscapes as well as being recognised as the best entry in the
‘Landscape Design over 200m2’ for designer C.O.S. Design. Working with difficult site conditions, the judges
noted that this was a landscape of the highest calibre and one which they have not seen the likes of for many years.
To cap off a great night for the C.O.S. Design team, their Alphington project, which the judges commented was a “very versatile, functional and serene space that feels much bigger than its size” took out ‘Landscape Design under 200m2’ as well as being awarded the inaugural ‘Grant Saltmarsh Memorial Feature in the Landscape Award’ specifically for the spectacular swimming pool. Grant Saltmarsh was a passionate member of Landscaping Victoria who had a penchant for installing feature pieces and an emotional Steve Taylor accepted this award from Grant’s wife Nadine and their three children Grace, Lewis and Spencer.
Esjay Landscapes had reason to be twice as happy this year taking out the ‘Residential Landscape Construction under $50k’ for their Ivanhoe project as well as the ‘Residential Landscape Construction $150k - $300k’ for a project in Hawthorn. They took a break between these wins to allow Franklin Landscape & Design to accept the ‘Residential Landscape Construction $50k - $150k’ award.
The award for excellence in ‘Landscape Maintenance & Management’ was awarded to Van Leeuwen Green, and Jane Jones Landscapes took out the highest honours for ‘Plants in the Landscape’. Greener Visions Landscaping was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award, impressing the judges with their young business already operating at a level that would be the envy of many well established firms.
A new category for 2015 was the ‘People’s Choice’ award which allowed the public to vote on a selection of entries from the design and construction categories. In a close finish, the winner was announced as Inge Jabara Landscapes for their South Yarra project.
Providing great advice and impeccable service earned Better Exteriors the award for ‘Supplier of the Year’ and Andrew Kelly from Hamilton Landscapes took out the ‘Apprentice of the Year’, impressing the judges with his passion, knowledge and vision for his own future within the industry.
A full list of winners including recipients of Highly Commended and Commended awards from the 2015
Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards can be found at www.landscapingvictoria.com.au or here.
Accompanying pictures are available in hi-res of the winning Landscaping Projects here.
Landscaping Victoria is a progressive association of committed professionals working in an exciting and expanding industry.
The Association comprises commercial and residential Registered Landscape Builders, Landscape Designers, Landscape Gardeners, students and educators, and Landscape Service and Product Suppliers. In a multi-billion dollar industry they share the common goal of promoting the standards of ‘Quality, Pride and Professionalism’.
Over the past 49 years Landscaping Victoria has grown to be a strong force, with a growing public profile, the capacity to add huge value for its members, and the strength to effectively influence industry trends and standards.
Click here to see all of the requirements for each of the categories in this year's Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards.
This summary includes all categories except Rising Star and Apprentice of the Year. All of the details for these categories can be found below.
Rising Star - these are all of the questions asked in the Rising Star Awards Category
You must include 3 projects (and provide all relevant information and documentation for each project)
Apprentice of the Year
Click here to submit your Awards entry now!
If you have any queries at all, or are unsure about anything that is required, please call the LV Office on 1300 365 428 or click here.
Please note that the Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to the national minimum wage. This will come into effect as of July 1, 2105, along with minor changes to some allowances.
Click here to download the Fact Sheet and view the FAQs on this wage increase.
To view the updated wage rates and allowances for the Gardening and Landscaping Services Award, please see the below links:
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award Wage Rates
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award Allowances
To view the updated wage rates and allowances for the Building and Construction General On-Site Award, please see the below links:
Building and Construction General On-site Award Wage Rates (Metal and Engineering Construction Stream)
Building and Construction General On-site Award Wage Rates (Civil Construction Stream)
Building and Construction General On-site Award Allowances
Entries are now open for the 2015 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards.
Please note all entries are $100, and entries close July 31, 2015.
Click here to submit your entry now.
If you have any queries at all, please click here or call the LV Office on 1300 365 428.
Get your entries in now to ensure you are in the running to win one of this year's most prestigious industry awards!
Please note that there have been updates made to both the Gardening and Landscaping Services Award, and the Building and Construction General On-Site Award.
A determination by the Fair Work Commission has resulted a variation to each of these Awards. The variation has deleted the following provisions from each Award:
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2010
Clauses affected by the most recent variation:
12.1 Redundancy pay is provided for in the NES.
12.2 Transfer to lower paid duties
Where an employee is transferred to lower paid duties by reason of redundancy, the same period of notice must be given as the employee would have been entitled to if the employment had been terminated and the employer may, at the employer’s option, make payment instead of an amount equal to the difference between the former ordinary time rate of pay and the ordinary time rate of pay for the number of weeks of notice still owing.
12.3 Employee leaving during notice period
An employee given notice of termination in circumstances of redundancy may terminate their employment during the period of notice. The employee is entitled to receive the benefits and payments they would have received under this clause had they remained in employment until the expiry of the notice, but is not entitled to payment instead of notice.
12.4 Job search entitlement
(a) An employee given notice of termination in circumstances of redundancy must be allowed up to one day’s time off without loss of pay during each week of notice for the purpose of seeking other employment.
(b) If the employee has been allowed paid leave for more than one day during the notice period for the purpose of seeking other employment, the employee must, at the request of the employer, produce proof of attendance at an interview or they will not be entitled to payment for the time absent. For this purpose a statutory declaration is sufficient.
(c) This entitlement applies instead of clause 11.3.
16. District allowances (deleted)
17. Accident pay (deleted)
Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010
Clauses affected by the most recent variation:
16. District allowances (deleted)
17. Accident pay (deleted)
To view the official release of all changes from the Fair Work Commission, please click here.
Please note that there are important changes coming into effect from July 1, 2015 for Victorian Domestic Building Insurance Arrangements. Please ensure you read the following information carefully, so that you are up to date with all of the changes.
As you might be aware, QBE issues domestic building insurance policies in Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). From July 1, 2015 the VMIA is introducing the following changes to improve transparency and protection for Victorian consumers.
From July 1, 2105
Anyone will be able to search on the VMIA website to:
Check whether a builder is eligible for domestic insurance with the VMIA
Submit an online request to check whether a Certificate of Insurance has been issued on or after July 1, 2015 for a particular property
Click here to view the FAQs which provide details on what information will be available
New ground allowing a claim to made (or 'trigger') for Certificates of Insurance issued on or after July 1, 2015:
In addition to death, disappearance and insolvency triggers, for policies issued from July 1, 2015, consumers will be able to make a claim on their domestic building insurance policy if their builder has failed to comply with a tribunal or court order after 28 days
Click here to view the FAQs which provide further information about what is required to submit a claim based on this new trigger
New application forms and policy wording:
New forms must be used from July 1, 2015 to reflect the changes proposed above - no other versions will be accepted
At this point in time, no premium adjustments have been advised as a result of the above changes.
What you need to do:
Ensure you are familiar with the changes - please make sure you read the FAQs provided here
From July 1, 2015, please ensure you use the new forms - please note these have NOT been released by QBE or the VMIA yet, however you will be notified as soon as they are available
If you are a sole trader or a partnership, you will receive a Letter of Consent shortly from the VMIA that you will need to action in order to allow your details to be shown on the VMIA eligibility and Certificate check website
If you have any queries at all, and if you insure with Insurance House, please contact the below Account Managers. Alternatively, please contact your own broker directly so that they can assist you.
Bradley Day - 9230 1224
Chantal Sutcliffe - 9235 5207
Kevin Cribben - 9230 1231
It is imperative that you read and understand this information, so that you are also protected and aware of these important changes.
Great news! The brand new Schedule of Rates Volume 6 is now available for purchase!
The Schedule of Rates book is a guide for costing landscape projects and is an invaluable resource for anyone working in the landscaping industry.
The guide provides rates and suggestions on all aspects of landscaping, from design to construction to maintenance, as well as wage rates and equipment hire. A must have for anyone involved in costing landscape projects.
To order your copy today, simply head to the LV Shop.
Great news! Landscaping Victoria now gives you the opportunity to sign up to our all-new public newsletter.
The first edition is set to out in the coming weeks so to ensure you don't miss out, sign up today!
Click here to get all the latest information about the landscaping industry.
Please note as of January 1, 2015, updated wage rates and employment conditions for Apprentices under the Gardening and Landscaping Services Award came into effect.
Please click here for all of the updates, and click here for a summary of the current wage rates under this Award.
For further information, please visit www.fairwork.gov.au.
The finalists for the 2015 MIFGS Boutique Gardens competition, proudly sponsored by Landscaping Victoria and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, have now been selected.
We are pleased to announce the following 5 finalists and extend our congratulations to:
ACRE - Landscape Architecture Studio
Alison Douglas Design
Thank you to all of those who entered, and congratulations once again to our finalists - we look forward to seeing your designs come to life.
The changes are as follows:
For further information on the changes to domestic building insurance in Victoria please refer to: www.dbi.vmia.vic.gov.au
Landscaping Victoria are excited to congratulate LV member, and board member, Mark Browning of Cycas Landscape Design for his Best in Show win at the 2014 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
After taking out a Gold Medal at the 2013 show Mark returned in 2014 with The Patriach's Garden. Constructed by another LV member Kiama Landscapes, the garden was inspired by a personal tragedy and the strength found through the hardship. It was truly an incredible example of what can be created in a show environment and was more than deserving of the Best in Show title, along with a Gold Medal and the Mark Bence Construction Award.
Congratulations to Mark and the entire team who brought this garden to life.
Landscaping Victoria congratulates and celebrates dual members Phillip Johnson Landscapes and Flemings Nurseries for their prestigious win of Best in Show and Gold at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.
The winning design and construction of the Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings Nurseries was announced yesterday afternoon Melbourne time, May 21, 2013.
The Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle in world horticulture and landscaping. Trailfinders Australian Garden was the standout exhibit of the 15 Show Gardens presented at this, the 100 year anniversary of the show Led by Phillip Johnson and Wes Fleming, this year’s team of 18 volunteer landscape and building professionals delivered an exhibit testament to the Australian lifestyle and landscape best practice. Vaughn Greenhill, a Landscaping Victoria Board Member was also involved as was Shane Gardner also a member of LV.
For eight of the past nine years, Wes Fleming has taken an Australian Garden to the Chelsea Flower Show, amassing five Gold medals, four Silver Gilt medals and now the most sought after of all, Best in Show.
In each of the nine appearances at Chelsea, Landscape Victoria members have featured prominently with construction every year undertaken by Landscape Contractor members. Four of these Show Gardens have been designed by Landscape Designer members.
Flemings Nurseries is a supplier member of Landscaping Victoria, producing and supplying high quality plant life to the horticulture and landscape industries.
Phillip Johnson Landscapes is a Registered Landscape Builder member of Landscaping Victoria and has won numerous awards and accolades at the Landscaping Victoria Awards over the years.
Director and head designer, Phillip Johnson is passionate about sustainability and quality in landscaping and has strived to position his company at the forefront of professionalism, obtaining building registration and other necessary accreditations.
Landscaping Victoria shares Phillip’s passion and continues to work with members, the public, other industry associations and government to elevate the landscape industry to one of total professionalism.
Landscaping Victoria on behalf of our members, suppliers and sponsor partners honours Phil Johnson Landscapes and Fleming’s Nurseries on their outstanding win at Chelsea Flower Show 2013.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced that a new Victorian Building Authority will be established to oversee building industry regulation.
The functions of the Building Commission, Plumbing Industry Commission and the Architects Registration Board will be absorbed into the new authority, which will provide a single point of governance for builders, plumbers and architects.
These and other measures are designed to deliver consistency of outcomes for consumers, focus on dispute prevention rather than dispute resolution, raise safety and technical standards as well as practitioner capability and improved regulation enforcement.
The Building Practitioners Board has introduced new guidelines for evaluating the competency of applicants to be registered as building practitioners.
A new online assessment tool for building and plumbing practitioners is being developed. This will re-engineer the way in which practitioners are examined for the purpose of both building and plumbing registration and licensing. This work will be informed by and build on the work already undertaken by the BPB to clearly document their guidelines and criteria for assessment.
A decision will be made about the implementation of compulsory CPD following completion of the cost-benefit analysis work currently being undertaken by DPCD in consultation with the Building Commission.
The new governance arrangements to be in place by third quarter 2013 will improve accountability of decision making which together with clear and transparent policies and guidelines will drive improvements to the regulatory system that oversees practitioner capability, registration and renewal.