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  1. What do Treescience Consulting Arborists actually do?

    It’s a valid question which many often ask. Most local and state government bodies classify a consulting arborist as an AQF Level 5 (Diploma) Arborist with at least five years post-graduate experience in arboricultural principles and practices, including tree hazard assessment and a reporting standard that satisfies government.

    Professional industry governing bodies such as the Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturalists (IACA) states that the role of the consulting arborist is to:

    1. Provide objective and accurate assessments of impacts of development on existing trees
    2. Work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing best practice assessment of and reporting on trees
    3. Provide Arboricultural services during all phases of development
    4. Provide qualified and objective assessment of tree-related risks, tree health and tree management
    5. Maintain qualifications and skills through on-going professional development and membership of applicable industry organisations.

    We strongly recommend that you check the active professional members list of the IACA website (of which we are members) when choosing the Consulting Arborist for your project. The IACA is a professional governing body which also specifies that the Consulting Arborist must not derive income from removing trees, which removes any potential financial conflict of interest with regard to the tree assessments undertaken by the member. This is an important check for you to consider.

    Collectively, our team is internationally certified with the world industry governing body, The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Grass roots and closer to home, dutifully we are members of the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc (QAA).

  2. Why it is important to engage a Treescience Consulting Arborist for your tree assessment?

    Countless consenting authorities and legal associations require different levels of qualifications and experience. The Australian Standard AS4970-2009: Protection of Trees on Development Sites states that a person preparing a report or performing arboricultural supervision must poses a minimum AQF Level 5 in Arboriculture.

    At Treescience, we all exceed the mandatory AQF Level 5 requirements of AS4970-2009 given our tertiary qualifications and practical experience.   It is really important for you to check that the arboricultural consultant you employ has the necessary qualifications and experience for your job.

  3. Council says that I need an Arborist / Tree Report. Can Treescience provide the right report to meet Government requirements?

    YES! We have extensive experience in producing Arborist/Tree Reports that meet the guidelines required by the different areas of government to ensure they are accepted by all various consenting authorities. We have loads of experience in the planning procedures within local and state government and relevant Australian Standard such as AS4970-2009: Protection of Trees on Development Sites requirements.

  4. How can I remove a tree from my private property?

    Vegetation Coventry’s alter between the various local and state government consenting authorities. Within Brisbane City Council for example, a lot of vegetation is covered by Natural Area Local Law (NALL). Obviously, there are loads of different local government regions within Queensland and New South Wales and if you are unsure about the answer to this question for your region, we can easily assist with providing you the right information.

  5. What is the process to have an Arborist/Tree Report prepared by Treescience?
    1. Telephone discussion to help us understand your reporting requirements, to gather general information and to define specific tasks required for the job
    2. You will receive an email in follow up to our phone chat, usually containing our fee proposal which outlines our brief and associated costs
    3. Once we receive your written confirmation to proceed with the Arborist/Tree Report, we will organise a suitable time to assess the subject site trees
    4. Prepare a written draft report (PDF) which will be emailed to you for review
    5. Once reviewed, the draft watermark is removed and the report is ready for submission.
    6. When our reports are out of draft stage and sent to you, they are followed up with an invoice for payment. Our terms are 7 days via internet direct deposit.

    We are then never too far away for ongoing support through the submission process, which means that Treescience (is always) working with you!

  6. Will there be a cost for on-site consultations?

    Yes. We charge for verbal and written advice as this is how we earn our income. Any time on site is chargeable.

  7. How much will my report cost?

    We do have a standard service price list and can provide this information to you as part of the initial consultation procedure.  For highly detailed work and expert witness services, you will receive a fee proposal which will outline our brief and associated costs. Within our industry, there is not a standard professional fee; however, as a general rule of thumb, remembering too that we are Tertiary qualified, you should expect to pay a similar fee to that charged by other professionals such as Engineers or Landscape Architects.

  8. Is your team qualified?

    Absolutely! We all have the tertiary smarts to back up our extensive field experience and respective Diplomas in Arboriculture and Conservation Management. Our university educated team is lead professionally by Principle Arboricultural Scientist Jason-jay (JJ) Fletcher, who was the Senior Arborist at Brisbane City Council for seven years. Apart from knowing a huge amount about trees, our tight knit team continue to broaden their knowledge of Urban Forest Principles with ongoing tertiary study in related Arboriculture and Environmental areas.

    All Treescience Consulting Arborist’s exceed the requirements for government and have extensive local and state government experience. Collectively, our team is internationally certified Arborists with the world industry governing body called The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and are active professional members of The Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturalists  (IACA).

    Blue Card, White Card, First Aid and other specific industry related tickets are always strictly kept current and up to date and form part of our Integrated Business Management System processes.

  9. Is Treescience insured?

    We certainly are and copies of our Certificates of Currency can be provided upon request. In addition, our Workplace Health and Safety Management System forms part of our Integrated Management System (IMS) because we consider that best practice does not rely on examining safety in isolation, but rather we view it as a core part of every activity that is undertaken within our business. Treescience has a comprehensive suite of policies and processes designed to mitigate, and where possible eliminate, the potential for harm in conducting workplace activities.

    Treescience is self-assessed and compliant with ISO: 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems Requirements) and have implemented an IMS that combines quality, safety and environment. The IMS is based on the following codes:

    1. ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems – Requirements
    2. AS/NZS 4801: 2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
    3. AS/NZS ISO 31000: 2009 Risk Management Principles and Guidelines
    4. AS/NZS ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management Systems
  10. Do Treescience provide tree maintenance services?

    No, we do not provide tree maintenance services, however we can project manage and advise who we believe is suitable for the roll out of relevant tree works. For peace of mind, it is important for qualifications and insurance to be largely considered (we recommend a minimum of Level 3 Arboriculture) when engaging a tree contracting firm. Also ensure that the tree company you select has the necessary experience to undertake and complete the job in a professional manner.

As you work your way through the Arboricultural process for your project, you will start to become more familiar with some of our industry terms and/or processes.

Here is a simple list of a few that you may start to hear getting thrown around:

  1. What is remnant vegetation?

    Remnant vegetation is all integral and predominantly intact vegetation communities, excluding young regrowth.

  2. What is a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO)?

    VPO is a category of protected vegetation. A VPO may be made by Council’s at any time to require the land owner to apply to Council before interfering with vegetation on their land.

  3. Does my property contain protected vegetation?

    Possibly yes, it it is really important to search this property. As an example: if you live within the boundaries of Brisbane City Council your property may have protected vegetation if it is:

    1. Located near Brisbane River or a waterway corridor
    2. Is located in a bushland area or rural area
    3. Contains large trees even in an urban area
    4. Has heritage values.
  4. What does ‘interfering with protected vegetation’ mean?

    Examples of interfering with protected vegetation can include but is not limited to:

    1. Removing
    2. Pruning
    3. Poisoning,
    4. Ringbarking,
    5. Damaging tree roots or any branches.
  5. What do I do if my neighbour has vegetation that is impacting on my property?

    For matters relating to vegetation on neighbouring properties contact the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on 1300 753 228 (and we can help mediate).

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