Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ISA HK/China --- Station Development in June 2009

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Dear Station Members,

Besides the aerial adventures of Arborists in Tree Work reported to Station Members in the past two months, below are some of the recent Station Activities worth notifying our Station Members for their continuous support of our development in our territory:

1. Farewell to Mr. KW Lee for his Advanced Learning in Australia

KW Lee, a former Fung Kai Student with a neo-zero mark in his HK Cert Exam but with exceptional talent in Tree Climbing & Tree Work, has been arranged by Dr. Lawrence Chau & ISA Australia to further his studies in the practical side of Arboriculture under Master Arborist Mr. Phil Kenyon for one year starting on 1.7.2009.

Upon his return from Australia in June 2010, he will enter an agreement with ISA HK/China to be sent to Arizona, USA to prepare himself in Advanced Arboriculture Operations under Machineries for another year under the arrangement of ISA HQ to train this young man to international level in the working side of Arboriculture. This is seen to be the glory & honour of HK.

KW Lee has been offered this opportunity because of his dedication & exceptional performance in the practical side of Arboriculture by demonstrating himself as the HK Tree Climbing Champion in 2007 & the winner of the Footlock Event of the 2008 Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Competition in Australia. He has also collected several awards at the Singapore Tree Climbing Competition in 2008.

KW Lee is 20 years old, single & is promising to carry on our course to develop ISA Arboriculture in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. May we bid him farewell for a year & look forward to his return with advanced knowledge to show our territory next July.

2. IOSH Arboricultural Seminar

ISA HK/China will deliver a seminar on the safety aspects of Arboricultural Operations to the HK Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) on July 2, details as per the Flyer attached. Owing to the popular participation by IOSH Members to occupy all available seats in this seminar, ISA HK/China could not secure further attendance for our Station Members with regret.

ISA HK/China will generally offer free seminar to any relevant Institute or Green Group if the total attendance is over 150 no. The topic of discussion can be anything relating to Arboriculture from Tree Design, Installation, Maintenance, Inspection & Assessment, Protection to Legal Disputes. Property Management is one area we wish to focus upon because trees are indeed getting old there. Govt Depts are also welcomed to contact us for arrangement if they can meet the attendance requirement.

3. ISA HQ showing support for ISA HK/China at the proposed Tree Office at Chief Secretary

ISA HK/China has requested ISA HQ to issue a Letter of Support for ISA HK/China to introduce ISA Arboriculture for the proposed Tree Office at Chief Secretary of the HKSAR Govt. The official letter from ISA HQ was already delivered to the Chief Secretary Office (CSO) & the draft copy is attached for general reference.

As every Green Group & Tree Expert is trying to exercise influence in the making of the proposed Tree Office, ISA HK/China is also inputting our efforts to proclaim ISA Arboriculture to CSO & hope that the Tree Practices in HK will eventually follow that of international level to turn our trees into assets rather than liabilities. The show of support of ISA HQ will bond the support of our Station Members & bolster our standing further at CSO to be the representative of ISA in our territory. We indeed wish to thank ISA HQ for their kind consideration.

As we always mentioned that HK is only a small part of our territory, although an important part, it will be China the Old Dragon that we want to swing at the end & we shall need HK as a platform. If ISA Arboriculture can expand in HK, it will not be long before China will pick up her ear & find out what we are all about.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."