President’s Report July 2018

Dear Members,

I have been impressed this month by the active participation of a number of our senior members in the affairs of the Institute. Some who come to mind who have been contributing extra effort include Chris Poulton, David Ting, John Mason, Mark Paul, Nic Rivett, Marc Percival, Stuart Pittendrigh, Tom Lantry, Jonathon Garner, Jackie Warburton, Di Ellis, Neville Passmore and of course other Regional Conveners and Councillors. These are the ones that I come into direct contact with but thank you to all the others who help to make our organisation strong.

I would appreciate if your thoughts and prayers be with the great Kim Morris as he tries to regain strength after a bout of serious illness. The Councillors and I will be meeting fortnightly to ensure Kim’s good work continues during this period.

Tom Lantry from the Hunter region recently produced a discussion paper which addresses ways in which we can better promote the professional services provided by our members to the general public. Your thoughts on this topic would be greatly received.

I would also appreciate contact from members who believe they can contribute to participating in a discussion group promoting better training standards within the industry. I congratulate Chris Poulton and Mark Paul for running a well attended ‘Walk and Talk’ gathering at Barrenjoey Headland in Sydney recently. Chris has provided a report in this newsletter.

I am pleased to report that the Award Nominations forms have now been released and are available on the website. If you believe you are worthy of a nomination or you are aware of high performing students, professionals or projects, this is a great opportunity to build your network and obtain media coverage for both the nominator and the recipient. We also released the Sponsorship categories and relevant brochures onto the website.

Michael Casey and myself will be attending and convening a stand at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Conference in Singapore in July. This will be followed by the Singapore Garden Festival where I know our member John Tan will be having a significant exhibit. We wish him all the best and maybe we can give him an award too!! Particularly as he helps do a great job dressing up our information stands. I have also been asked to speak at the inaugural UrbanScape Expo in Jakarta during the same week and I am honoured to represent our well regarded Institute there.

Please get your award nominations in early. The closing date is 7th September and the awards night on the Gold Coast will be 27th October.

I am being increasingly encouraged by the fact that government and industry are seeking highly qualified professional horticulturists to be involved in projects and hope we can continue to create greater awareness so that your businesses will prosper and I wish you a happy and prosperous month ahead.

Best wishes

Wayne

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