Public Comment on DRAFT Australian Standard ‘AS 2303 Tree Stock for Landscape Use’ Closes 18 November 2013

DSC01990A draft version of the proposed Australian Standard ‘AS 2303 Tree Stock for Landscape Use’ was released for public comment on 18 September by Standards Australia. As you know, this document has been in the making for several years and has involved wide consultation in its development with industry and associated stakeholders including Arboriculture Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Over the past few weeks, Anthony Kachenko, Research and Market Development Manager at NGIA, has engaged with industry to ensure maximum awareness of the draft Australian Standard including the development process. A presentation was held after the 8 October NGIV Trade Day at a special NGIV Tree and Shrubbies Meeting with some 45 people in attendance. Another presentation at the NGIQ North Brisbane Branch meeting on 23 October saw a further 45 people hear from Anthony about the draft Australian Standard. A presentation is scheduled to be held at 11 am after the NGINA Trade Day on 5 November 2013 at the NGINA Boardroom, 344 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

It is extremely important that all of industry have the opportunity to review the draft Australian Standard and provide feedback on technical content, wording and general arrangement of the draft.

The method for submission of comments is to register and fill in an online form via the Standards Australia Website using the following link—

https://sapc.standards.org.au/sapc/public/listOpenCommentingPublication.action

Upon visiting this link, enter ‘Tree’ in the search field to locate the draft Australian Standard. You will then click ‘Make comment’ which will enable you to create an account in order to download the draft Australian Standard and register your feedback.

All comments must be lodged through this website by 18 November 2013. If you encounter issues with the website, contact your State/Territory Association to register your feedback or Anthony Kachenko at NGIA on anthony.kachenko@ngia.com.au or 02 8861 5106.

At the end of public consultation, the draft Australian Standard can go one of three ways.

  1. If the comments received are minor in nature, and if there is widespread support of the draft Australian Standard, these comments will be incorporated into the draft Australian Standard and it will then progress to publication. Alternatively, the draft may also be released as an interim Standard and ‘tested’ to ensure rigour and tease out anomalies if they exist.
  2. If the comments are major, the draft Australian Standard will be amended and will return to a second round of public consultation at a later date.
  3. The draft Australian Standard will be abandoned.

If you have any queries whatsoever regarding the development of ‘AS 2303 Tree Stock for Landscape Use’, please contact Anthony Kachenko at NGIA on anthony.kachenko@ngia.com.au or 02 8861 5106.