An update from Dean Jamieson – Deputy General Manager Landscape Construction

An update from Dean Jamieson – Deputy General Manager Landscape Construction

Super Gardens landscape team based in South East finished 2018 with a Highly Commended Award in the category Commercial Landscape Construction over $500,000 for the Hartleigh Estate Stage 2 Reserve Project . An outstanding achievement and a reflection of the teams hard work and commitment to consistently delivering high end projects to our clients.

We have kicked off 2019 with a busy January and a strong pipeline of work, with open space and landscape maintenance projects ongoing at the Hartleigh and Eliston Estates in Clyde, projects for Development Victoria in Officer and a number of minor landscape projects under our local council contracts.

Super Gardens welcome a number of new members to our teams across the NW and SE including John Nicholson (Estimating Manager) who has relocated back to Australia from Dubai. John, a Landscape Architect, brings extensive estimating and project management experience to Super Gardens. Grace Bagal (Landscape Estimator) has also joined the team with estimating experience across the construction industry.

Development and streamlining of our Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Management Systems is a focus for the first quarter of 2019. In a period of growth, maintaining a safe and healthy work environment is a priority for all staff and broader Super Gardens community.

Kind Regards,

 

Dean Jamieson

 

 

An update from Mark Stanbrook – Director

AN UPDATE FROM MARK STANBROOK – DIRECTOR

Super Gardens won the award for the best Commercial Management and Maintenance site in Victoria – Essendon Fields. Congratulations to the entire team that has worked extremely hard to develop and maintain this prestigious site to the highest possible industry standards.

This award is a reflection of the high standard of work that Super Gardens consistently delivers across the Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Divisions. We should all be very proud of these achievements.

Essendon Fields Commits to plant 10,000 Trees

To be achieved as soon as possible, owners – Melbourne’s Fox and Beck families – committed to this multi-million dollar investment after positive feedback from tenants and visitors about existing landscaping.

“Essendon Fields has quickly developed a reputation for its landscaping excellence and a dedication to greening its environment. The commitment to plant 10,000 new trees will make Essendon Fields an even more attractive destination for new office tenants and people to visit,” said Essendon Fields CEO, Chris Cowan.

Essendon Fields has a dedicated tree-farm with 2,000 trees ready for replanting. Rainwater is harvested from hanger roofs into holding tanks and pumped to the tree farm. The trees are then irrigated via a drip reticulation system.

This is the largest tree-planting project we’ve been involved in and are fully committed to this sustainable project. The focus on creating green areas that enhance new developments really resonates with Essendon Fields based businesses and their customers.

 

Current Project November 2018 – South Freeway Extension Landscape Project

A 5000 M2 Garden with 20,000 x 14cm plants  has been landscaped in front of the west runway from Burns Street to DFO exit ramp, parallel with the Tullamarine Freeway. These works are an extension by Essendon Fields of the major freeway landscape project, which now extends 2 kilometres from north to south of Essendon Fields Freeway frontage.

 

Internal Promotions

Please join me in congratulating Adam Strathairn, who has been promoted to General Manager – Essendon Fields. Adam has added tremendous value to the management of our North West Operations and Essendon Fields teams for nearly two years, and his sound horticulture knowledge and strong people and client management experience will hold him in good stead as we continue to grow and expand.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mark Stanbrook

 

 

An update from Ian Griffiths – Director

AN UPDATE FROM IAN GRIFFITHS – DIRECTOR

Spring is upon us and much like everything else around us, we too are growing!  We have had a very big season with the business going through yet another growth phase.  Some highlights worthy of mention;

Melbourne Airport – Grounds Maintenance Contract is ours!

This is a big step towards meeting our strategic objectives for business growth.It will provide many opportunities – not only for grounds maintenance but also our Landscape Division. The contract will employ 15-16 full time staff to undertake a variety of tasks throughout the estate. It has created career opportunities for some of our outstanding employees to be promoted into Management and Supervisory roles. It has also broadened our Corporate – Social engagement by affording employment to a number of disabled workers nominated by Melbourne Airport to work on the site under our supervision. Announcements will be made shortly.

We are due to commence on 1 December, 2018 and working very hard behind the scenes to ensure we are adequately resourced with people and equipment.

I would like to acknowledge a team of people that pulled together to see this through.  Adam Strathairn, for the lead in to this opportunity, Andrew Grasby for assisting with compiling the presentation, Vas for his input regarding crunching numbers and Maya for her patience with transferring all our ideas across to excel! Also a thank you to David Collard for bringing together the slide presentation and being an integral part of the presentation to the Airport panel during our briefing.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Recently, Super Gardens were approached to assist with the Cricket Wicket installation at the MCG.  This is a testament to our growing reputation of quality and professionalism within our industry.  Thank you to Jacob’s team for providing the labour.  The installation took place from 5.00pm to 5.00am over two nights.

Australian Jockey’s Association

I have been working closely with representatives from the Australian Jockey’s Association in relation to looking into alternative pathways of employment for retired jockeys.  Super Gardens are proud to have Nick Mehmet and Jaques Luxe as ambassadors of this venture.  Racing.com are keen to also do a feature titled “Life after racing” early next year.

HSEQ update

We are happy to announce the appointment of Denise Kranske, our new HSEQ Manager.  She has hit the ground running, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge.  In keeping with our focus of maintaining a safe and healthy work environment which will support our growth, we are currently reviewing our systems and processes.to ensure we are staying compliant and up to date with developments in this area.  Andrew Grasby (MD) and Lorraine Ross (HR) have recently been accredited as our Mental Health First Aid officers.  The business will be investing more into this area to ensure the wellbeing of our staff is at the forefront of HSEQ systems and processes.

Caulfield Cup

Our fantastic team have just delivered our fourth Caulfield Cup with very positive reviews.  It was mentioned that the track and surrounds looked “ the best ever” which once again, is a testament to the hard work that everyone contributed to, in making this carnival a great success.  Thank you and well done!

As 2018 races to the finish line, I wish to pass on my best wishes to our wonderful team at Super Gardens.  Thank you for taking up the challenges and jumping all the hurdles without losing momentum!  Your professionalism and dedication is sincerely appreciated.  It’s shaping up to be an exciting 2019 and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Kind Regards,

Ian Griffiths.

 

 

All things People – Lorraine Ross – HR Manager

It was so great to visit all of our teams recently as part of our quarterly Roadshow, sharing the results of the Employee Engagement Survey. Encouragingly we achieved fantastic results with high participation rates and outstanding engagement scores.

Of course, there is always room for improvement – we’ve listened to what we need to do to further improve our work environment and look forward to implementing initiatives to make SG an even better place to work in the coming months.

One of the themes identified was our employees want more recognition, encouragement and feedback – in line with this, our Employee Performance Appraisal System will be happening again this year, over May and June.

This is a great opportunity for our employees to have a conversation with their manager around their performance, role, areas for development, training needs and long term career path with SG.

There has been a lot of internal movements and promotions already this year – excitingly, more opportunities for career development will be available to our team as our business continues to grow.

We have had a couple of our team complete their Apprenticeships and obtain qualifications this year, and another nominated for Apprentice of the Year!

Our HR Strategy, budget and planning for 2018/19 is in progress and we look forward to a year ahead filled with engagement, positivity, collaboration and continuous improvement for all.

 

Lorraine Ross – HR Manager

A message from Ian Griffiths – Director

Hello all,

It has been quite a busy start to the new year. We have well and truly settled into our new premises at Mulgrave and charged ahead without skipping a beat.  Thank you to our awesome team for all your energy and commitment in regard to this.

2018 has commenced with a lot of promise. In line with our strategic plan, we are focused and committed to growing the Grounds Maintenance division organically or through acquisitions of closely aligned businesses.

We have recently joined forces with Greenmakers – a fine turf management business with vast experience and expertise servicing golf courses, sports clubs and high end residential properties.  Stay tuned as we make further inroads in establishing our footprint in this area.

We also have a renewed focus on implementing a robust Apprenticeship Program for those wishing to join our industry and value the contribution we make to employing those in our local communities.  Super Gardens sees this involvement as imperative to sustaining our industry and developing future leaders within.  We monitor our programs closely with a view to enabling our Apprentices to take every advantage of the various facets of our business and encourage their contributions in improving our systems and processes continually.

This leads us to our Health and Safety Records which again, I am proud to say is excellent.  Without the buy in from our team to adhere to our standards and prevailing culture, this would not be possible. As Directors – who themselves have family working within the business, HSEQ matters are of great importance.  Again, thank you for your part in contributing to a safe working environment. 

As a company that heavily invests in maintaining our third party accreditation for Environment, Quality, Health and Safety we continue to rely on these standards to benchmark our systems and processes in delivering a high level of customer service.  In this regard, we continue to “raise the bar” for all stakeholders. 

With summer coming to a close, I wish you all an enjoyable Autumn.

Warm Regards,

Ian Griffiths – Director.