The 2018 Skillset Awards were held on Friday August 31st and Skillset Environment recognised the significant achievements of individuals and organisations who have made significant impacts on our local environment in 2018. Our award winners were as follows:
2018 Skillset Environment Partnership Award
L-R: LachlandCare Crew with LachlandCare General Manager Emma Thomas and Skillset Environment Senior Manager Ashley Bland
LachlandCare is based in Condobolin and has a mission to create resilient landscapes and communities in the Lachlan catchment through creative partnerships and strategic action. After successfully delivering three Green Army teams with Skillset Environment in Condobolin and Lake Cargellico, LachlandCare worked hard within their community and with us to create an on-going contracting service named Grass Roots.
Grass Roots has caught the attention of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and is now the model for other groups to follow.
2018 Skillset Environment Young Achiever of the Year Award
WINNER: Brad Cambey
L-R: Brad Cambey, Bathurst Regional Council Mayor Graeme Hanger and Skillset Environment Senior Manager Ashley Bland
Skillset Environment awarded Brad Cambey with the Young Achiever of the Year Award for their leadership and dedication to improving the environment. Brad has been involved in Skillset Environment projects since June 2016 when he joined a Bathurst Green Army Team showing a great work ethic and genuine interest in environmental conservation. In 2017, Brad was offered a Land Works Traineeship studying Cert III in Conservation Land Management. Brad is developing into a reliable, professional role-model who is a pleasure to have on-board.
2018 Skillset Environment Built Environment Award
WINNER: Sunny Afternoons
L-R: Skillset Chief Financial Officer Emma Thomas, Sunny Afternoons Ben Scales and Skillset Environment Senior Manager Ashley Bland
The Built Environment Award was awarded to Sunny Afternoons that has worked with Skillset to improved the Environment and upholds the belief that communities can benefit from changing the way they conduct business to deploy new technologies, systems and thinking. Sunny Afternoons have risen to the surface as a solar energy company that always aims for optimal outcomes and truly places the interests of clients first. They have been extraordinarily generous with their knowledge and resources which has, in turn, helped us to support our communities and help clients make good decisions. Sunny Afternoons are industry leaders, true believers in the impacts of renewable energy.
2018 Skillset Environment Natural Landscapes Award
WINNER: Bathurst Regional Council
Bathurst Regional Council – Stevie Armstrong, Skillset Director Mr Robert Haddin and Skillset Environment Senior Manager Ashley Bland
The Natural Landscapes award was awarded to Bathurst Regional Council because of their dedication to improving Natural Landscapes, sharing our conviction that biodiverse, functional ecosystems are integral to all landscapes, raising productivity and enhancing the lives of people as well as plants and animals. Skillset Environment has worked closely with BRC for over 5 years, particularly through delivery of 5 Green Army teams with them. BRC continues to invest in creating biodiverse, functional urban landscapes through best-practice revegetation and investing in water sensitive urban design. We look forward to continue working with BRC and creating a positive environmental future for Bathurst.
Congratulations to the LachlandCare, Brad Cambey, Sunny Afternoons and Bathurst Regional Council. You are all making postive changes in our local communities.
On Thursday July 11th 2018, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) released a blueprint with recommendations to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The Inquiry, which commenced in March 2017, began by identifying the root causes of high electricity prices across the entire electricity supply chain and has now made 56 recommendations detailing ways to fix the National Electricity Market.
Skillset Environment Senior Manager Ashley Bland has welcomed the ACCC report and the positive change it can make to our regional communities.
“We have been seeing the effects of the high cost of electricity in our regional communities for individuals and businesses. The report highlights industry – level recommendations for structural change and to create downward pressure on energy prices.”
The ACCC report has highlighted that the electricity and energy market can be confusing and difficult for businesses and individuals to get a fair deal. Skillset Environment offers a number of services to help organisations and individuals make informed decisions when it comes to reducing energy usage. Skillset Environment even goes one step further by providing recommendations that do not require buying any energy at all.
Mr. Bland said, “Skillset Environment completes detailed Renewable Energy Action Plans for local governments and businesses. We also complete home and business energy assessments that provide independent advice for improving energy and water usage. Throughout the analysis phase of residential and organisational projects, we have been watching the energy market and can see where the relationship between supply, demand, and price has broken down.”
This report is good news for individuals and businesses and could make a significant impact on the energy market landscape in Australia. Mr. Bland said, “The ACCC report is a good step toward changing the energy landscape in Australia and to start making changes to improve the energy market.”
Skillset Environment has consultants ready to provide independent advice on energy, water and waste for households, organisations and local governments all across regional NSW. For more information regarding these services, please call 1300 853 525.
Land Works attended the official opening of the headspace Bathurst and Marathon Health Garden Opening on June 26th.
headspace Bathurst launched its new central site and will help the community access a variety of health services. The new location includes a Greenspace that has been designed to provide users with a multi functional garden for relaxation, meeting and events, recreation and entertainment. The Greenspace will be surrounded by vertical gardens and art walls to create a comfortable atmosphere. Complete with a decking ampitheatre, synthetic lawn, BBQ area, and pergola, this solar passive design will allow the Greenspace to be enjoyed throughout all seasons.
The Land Works team have been proud to be given the opportunity to design and construct the garden and design a space that will provide a number of benefits to visitors, staff and volunteers.
The garden we have helped create is a place that will make people feel welcomed and make them feel comfortable.
We would like to thank the entire Land Works crew who have worked on this project and finally thank you to headspace, Marathon Health and Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for letting Land Works be involved in this project.
Land Works offers a number of services for residential, commercial and industrial landscaping projects including:
- The design and construction of residential landscapes that are environmentally focussed, functional and customised to your requirements.
- Design and construction services for urban landscapes including schools, councils, civil construction, roads and large infrastructure.
- Assisting with sustainable agriculture such as erosion control, weed management and improvement of ecological functions.
- Regeneration and rehabilitation of natural environments such as large scale tree planting, weed control, bush remediation and environmental assessment, planning and management.
For more information please call Thomas Staff on 1300 853 525 or email email@example.com
Skillset were proud to see a number of Skillset Environment Land Works interns graduate in Lithgow on Thursday, June 7th, 2018. The internship gave participants experience working at Upper Dingo Swamp – Newnes Plateau.
The Upper Dingo Swamp Internship Project was a partnership between Skills 4 Trade, Forestry Corporation NSW, Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Land Works to control invasive weeds in an endangered ecosystem.
Newnes Plateau Shrub Swamp is a state listed Threatened Ecological Community isolated to the Newnes Plateau and small parts of the Blue Mountains. This swamp ecosystem provides critical habitat for several endangered flora and fauna species including the Giant Dragonfly, the Blue Mountains Water-Skink and Deans Boronia. The project aimed to remove/treat thousands of pine wildlings across 32.5 hectares of Upper Dingo Swamp. Invasive pine from neighbouring forests has rapidly spread throughout several endangered swamps causing degradation of habitat.
Lithgow candidates were interviewed at Verto and Joblink with eight (8) individuals securing internships. Interns completed a three (3) week Skills 4 Trade intensive training program which required the completion of weed control, chemical application, WH&S, and work skill TAFE units. The internship crew completed sixteen (16) working days at the Upper Dingo swamp treating a total of 7268 pine wildlings, exceeding all project expectations. CTLLS and Forestry were extremely happy with the outcome achieved.
Congratulations to all involved!
Last Tuesday marked the last ever Green Army graduation and the last day of active operations with the program for Skillset. It was a day of mixed emotions for all those in attendance- a feeling of happiness in congratulating our highly successful Northern Beaches team, as well as a feeling of sadness as we paid tribute to a highly successful program. It was certainly a wonderful sight to see Skillset and Campbell Page staff in attendance alongside participants and members of Northern Beaches Council.
Skillset have successfully delivered 69 Green Army projects across Queensland and New South Wales and recruited 459 participants throughout the life of the program. A truly remarkable achievement.
The smiling faces you can see in the photo taken on Tuesday reflects the exact feeling among the group on the day- Green Army may have drawn to a close, but the pride everyone feels for the hard work and dedication shown over the years towards improving the natural environment while also inspiring, training and mentoring young people in the workplace will endure for many years to come.
Phase 2 of the National Landcare Program – Regional Land Partnerships – opened just prior to Christmas and Skillset Environment is committed to supporting Local Land Services and Landcare with tender submissions to give them the best possible chance of securing funding and achieving optimal environmental, agricultural, social and economic outcomes over the five-year contract period. Skillset Environment has a proven track record for delivering quality on-ground outcomes through strong partnerships with community, organisations and government.
Underpinned by Skillset’s fully resourced management systems and teams Skillset Environment can support applications with:
o on ground work crews
o environmental and agricultural expertise
o community engagement strategies
o delivery of social outcomes
o strong links to funded industry training.
Demonstrating their ability to design, implement and complete successful partnerships that get results Skillset won the 2017 NSW Training Industry Collaboration Award. Skillset also won the externally judged 2017 BEST Partnership Award, recognising our outstanding performance as an environmental project partner for Campbell Page Ltd.
For more details about how Skillset Environment can help with your tender pls contact Ashley Bland on 0488 033 301