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An update from Graham Reade – Operations Manager – Grounds Maintenance

Grounds Mulgrave – Putting out best foot forward.

The grounds south east division has experienced some key changes over the last 12 months and is already looking at late 2018 and into 2019 as an exciting new era for us and Super Gardens.

With the recent acquisition of GreenMakers and their principal David Cole coming aboard, the grounds south east division now boasts experts from all fields of horticulture specialty.
Along with David, we have recently welcomed Joshua Boyle to the management team here. Josh comes to us with a solid background in turf and horticulture, having completed his apprenticeship at Kingswood Golf Club and working several years in the turf industry following this before branching into private horticulture maintenance and management.

With my appointment to the role of Grounds Operations Manager a year ago, I have been working hard on improving the already impressive skills of our grounds teams. This increase in training and sharing of knowledge will enable my existing teams to operate at a higher level and help create new opportunities for my staff as David Collard continues to open doors for Super Gardens.
Along with this increase in training, we are preparing for our next intake of apprentices. These apprentices will help to make up the future of the grounds division and Super Gardens and we aim to provide them the best possible training from leaders in their industry.

Through a strong partnership with LaTrobe University, Super Gardens has undertaken the management of the gardens at both the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses. Our campus managers Jarrod Grace (Bundoora) and Laura Thompson (Bendigo) have done a fantastic job along with their teams in taking these sites on as their own and working incredibly hard to lift the standard of presentation. Both campuses are showing marked improvement thanks to the skills and dedication of the teams on the ground and we look forward to a long lasting relationship where we can continue to offer this high level of service.

We look forward to a busy and exciting next 12 months

 

Graham Reade – Operations Manager – South East

Grounds Maintenance

 

An update from David Buckley – General Manager – Landscape Construction

It has been an exciting few months at Super Gardens. The leadership team met in March to discuss our annual strategy and the key word for the year is ‘Growth’. All divisions of the company have identified areas for expansion and we are working hard to expand our influence and share of the market.

 North West Landscape continue to deliver high quality projects in Epping and Westmeadows with Development Victoria and Frasers Property Group. Enrico Kunze has joined the team as Project Officer for the West and is spearheading our expansion in this region with a high profile project in Mambourin for Frasers Property.

 South East Landscape have consolidated  their position as preferred landscape services supplier for National Pacific Properties’ developments at Clyde. In doing so they have secured up to a five year pipeline of works in this area.

David Collard, our Business Development Manager, is focusing his considerable talents on building relationships with prospective clients for the Grounds Maintenance Division in the private school sector. We look forward to seeing the fruits of his efforts during the year.

The merger of Green Makers and Super Gardens at the beginning of April has opened up a wealth of opportunities for our company in the sports turf sector. The skill and experience of David Cole and his team adds a whole new area of expertise to the company and  compliments our established Landscape Construction and Grounds Divisions.

Needless to say, none of this growth would be achievable without the hard work and passion of our teams on the ground. The pride our people take in their work is what distinguishes Super Gardens from our competition. This strong staff engagement is recognised by our clients and rewarded by repeat custom and the long term relationships we have built.

Thank you to all of our staff for your efforts and a big welcome to all of the new members who have joined the company over the past month.

Finally, this is a time of year for reflection. We are a ‘People’ focused company and in May last year we lost a member of the Super Gardens family in sudden and tragic circumstances. This month we will remember Jack Stanbrook as someone who embodied our company culture – a loyal, hard worker who took pride in what he did and was well liked and respected by his colleagues.

He is missed.

Dave Buckley – General Manager

Landscape Construction

 

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

Announcing the merger of GreenMakers Pty Ltd and Super Gardens Pty Ltd – MD – Andrew Grasby

We are happy to announce that we have joined forces with GreenMakers Pty Ltd!

GreenMakers Pty Ltd has been in operation for 18 years and David Cole, a well-respected identity in the Golf Course and Project Turf Management sectors. GreenMakers golf course maintenance clients include Strathallan, Spring Park and in excess of 24 golf courses in Australia that require specialist turf management services. The merger of the businesses provides opportunities to expand on our service specialties and offer fine turf installation and management of football and cricket sports grounds around schools and sports precincts, and golf courses. Super Gardens have well established systems and processes framed within the ISO Certifications in Quality, Environment and Safety that qualifies us to deliver services to public and private sectors and increases the market scope for GreenMakers services. We are very excited about the growth of our business and this merger. It presents us with opportunities to provide you with fine turf services of your sports grounds with specialist teams.

We thank you for your custom to date and together with the additional specialist team we are looking forward in continuing our “striving for excellence “ services to you. Please contact David Collard our Business Development Manager on dcollard@supergardens.com.au or I on andrew@supergardens.com.au if you require additional information and we would be pleased to discuss with you the scope of our services.

Andrew Grasby
Managing Director

Super Gardens and GreenMakers about to join forces – CFO – Vas Banschikov

We are pleased to announce that effective 1st April 2018 the successful Greenmakers company, led by David Cole and his team will merge with Super Gardens. We are delighted to welcome all the Greenmakers staff to the Super Gardens team!

The merger has created an opportunity to establish Super Sports Turf and Leisure Division demonstrating the continuation of growth of grounds management and landscape construction services over the last 29 years. The combining of resources will further strengthen our position within the growing sports and leisure grounds markets.

For clients, the merger between Greenmakers and Super Gardens adds to our extensive range of horticulture services and brings another level of expertise and experience to the business.

For our staff, the merger creates many new opportunities for career advancement and additional apprenticeships in Sports Turf Management and other areas within Super Gardens.

 

Post submitted by Vas Banschikov

Chief Financial Officer – Super Gardens Pty Ltd

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.

A shout out from our Managing Director, Andrew Grasby

Wow! What a year 2017 turned out to be. It was the year my beloved Tigers won the AFL Premiership and we moved into our modern, re-built and re-furbished offices back at Super Gardens HQ, at 27 Glenvale Crescent Mulgrave.

Super Gardens was razed to the ground in January, 2017 due to an electrical fire. I am proud to say that thanks to our amazing team, competent insurance brokers at Sound Insurance and building contractors, we were able to get up and running with no disruptions incurred by our clients. We won The Phoenix Trophy Award from LMI ( Insurance Company ) for the Best Business Recovery ( following a catastrophic event ). Again, a sincere thank you to everybody involved over the last 12 months to get us to where we are today.

We are also now currently engaged with building contractors for a state of the art, purpose built office, workshop and depot at Essendon Fields. We are aiming for July, 2018 as the month for completion and re-settlement – stay tuned for updates on this project.

Keeping in line with a fresh start, we have engaged Red Crayon to assist us with re-branding. The new logo, website and promotion material looks great! Don’t forget to check back in regularly as we intend to bring you a monthly update on news relating to our organisation, projects, developments and innovation within our industry. We will also share photos and news on our facebook and Instagram pages.

In relation to addressing the current skills shortage, we asked our team to “Refer A Mate”. This has proved to be a success with a number of new starters joining us as a results of team referrals. What better commendation could we have than our team inviting those known to them to join us!

Indicative of our great company culture, is the overwhelming and humbling response we received from our team in relation to our first Employee Engagement Survey. We were pleased to see that over half of our team contributed valuable feedback and data that we will use to implement initiatives to make Super Gardens an even better place to work in 2018.

Having an engaged workforce means that our clients receive high levels of service and we hold ourselves accountable, continuing to raise the bar in our industry. To quote the author Shakti Gawain, (Pioneering Author & Teacher in the field of Personal Growth) “When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves”.

To close, 2018 will be a year of both consolidation and growth (and hopefully another Tiger’s Premiership!). Our Executive team is working harder than ever to drive Super Gardens forward and 2018 is shaping as a very exciting one for all of us.

On behalf of the Executive team, thank you to all our staff, customers, sub-contractors and suppliers for your amazing support in 2017. We look forward to our continued collaboration throughout 2018 and beyond!

Andrew Grasby

Managing Director