All things People – Lorraine Ross – HR Manager

Wow, what a year 2019 is shaping up to be! It’s our 30th Birthday on 1st May and thanks to the hard work of our incredible team, the business has never been in a better position! Bring on the celebrations!

Our Landscape Construction team have a strong pipeline of projects taking us well into the year and our newly formed estimating team are working hard to fulfil our client requirements from the start. Coupled with our focus on actively growing our Grounds Maintenance division and new contracts won in the private school sector, sports and leisure space and one of our largest contracts to date – Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport, we are well on track to achieving our aggressive growth strategy.

Fast growth, however, can bring resourcing challenges and our industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified and experienced candidates. With the civil infrastructure industry experiencing an unprecedented boom in Victoria over the last few years, the candidate market is even smaller.

To help minimise this challenge and for the sustainability of our business and industry long term, we have successfully implemented a strategy to increase our apprenticeship numbers and provide education and career pathways to the leaders of the future.

Through the established partnership with Jacobs Gardens since in 2016, a local labour hire business, at any given time we have up to 50 members of the Burmese community providing labouring services to Super Gardens working alongside and complementing our existing teams.

We have further engaged with the broader Burmese Community, presenting the benefits of the apprenticeship program to them as a pathway to education, qualifications and a career in horticulture and in February we officially signed up 9 apprentices and 2 Business Administration trainees and welcomed them into the business.

In order to deliver the most effective training and assessment processes to this apprenticeship program we are pleased to partner with Murray Mallee ( registered training and not for profit organisation ) to ensure our apprentices are given every opportunity to succeed.

We welcome them aboard and look forward to being part of their career development and their long term success with Super Gardens.

Finally, in honour of International Womens Day on 8th March, we celebrate the amazing Super Gardens Women and support gender parity in the workforce and #BalanceforBetter.



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


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


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. 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 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.



An update from Dean Jamieson – Deputy General Manager, Landscape Construction


The landscape teams across the North West and South East have had a busy start to spring with our growth strategy successfully securing a pipeline of work that will take operations through until early 2019.

With a renewed mission and values statement, the internal focus of our strategic attention is the development and training of staff which has seen a number of well-deserved internal promotions. We also welcome the arrival of Alex Purich as Landscape Project Manager in the South East Division.

Operationally, the South East team are working on Open Space and Streetscapes packages at the Hartleigh and Eliston Estates in Clyde, a number of Council projects and the Town Centre Landscape Upgrades in Officer.

With support from Jacob Harang and staff from Melbourne’s Burmese community, our landscape horticulture and maintenance profile continues to grow along with Super Gardens commitment to social procurement.

In May, we successfully completed our third party accreditation audit, which delivers a commitment to Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Management Systems to all stakeholders and the local community.


Dean Jamieson – Deputy General Manager, Landscape Construction



Thank you to Mitch Kelly and team at Sandown!!!


We received some kind commendations from one of our long standing clients Tim Bailey at the Melbourne Racing Club

“…… let you know that Mitch and the team did a terrific job in the venue presentation for the V8 round last weekend. It was certainly noticed and mentioned by many that the venue was the best they’d seen it. I basically left Mitch to his own devices to co-ordinate these works, and he completed it excellently.


Tim Bailey

Racecourse Manager

 Melbourne Racing Club|591-659 Princes Hwy|Springvale   VIC   3171 Australia


An update from David Collard – Business Development Manager


The last 3 months have been busy and exciting with new business opportunities within the grounds division. Driving new business and pushing into the private school and sports turf management areas. A credit to all our grounds teams for continuing to deliver outstanding results. The business is developing and we are in our next phase of growth. This has opened up many opportunities across many different sectors.

Our Unseen Heroes’ – A special shout out and thanks to Paul, Damien & Michael – our three full time mechanics. The unseen heroes’ who are able to excel and keep all of our machinery, tools and equipment in top priority working order and sharp. As the saying goes we are only as good as the tools given to us and if these are blunt and not in excellent working order the works will reflect this.

Pristine and well maintained tools will reflect the quality and workmanship of the experienced operator giving precision to hedges, immaculate edges on lawns and clean sharp lines on freshly cut grass. I commend and congratulate our unseen hero’s ‘Our three full time Mechanics” – Paul, Damien and Michael.

David Collard – Business Development Manager



Super Gardens – reaching out and supporting retired jockeys….

We have been meeting with Des O’Keeffe & Matt Hyland from the Australian Jockeys Association and developing strong business relationships with them and the association to create career paths for Jockeys.  Currently, we have employed 2 Jockeys in the past few months who have made the transition into the Super Gardens family within the racecourses. Their knowledge and skills with horse etiquette and the track has proven to be invaluable.  A win win for both parties!

Super Gardens are able to offer stable employment and many opportunities for career advancement to retired jockeys into many different areas within the growing customer portfolio across both grounds maintenance and landscape construction.

We look forward to continuing these relationships and partnering with them.

Picture – from left to right

Des O’Keeffe                     –              Chairman – AJA

Ryan Smith                         –              Racecourse Foreman – Caulfield Racecourse

Matt Hyland                       –              Executive Officer – AJA

Ian Griffiths                        –              Director

David Collard                     –              Business Development Manager

Mitch Kelly                         –              Racecourse Foreman – Sandown Racecourse


Congratulations to Adam Strathairn and his team……

Ian Griffiths and Andrew Lane attended the Goodman’s Annual Property Awards on 6 September, 2018 and walked away with the award for the most improved landscape site – Port Melbourne Industrial Estate.

A special shout out to Adam Strathairn for being directly responsible for overseeing this and to his team for all your hard work!

From the team at Super Gardens.

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