About Landscape Industries Association WA

Landscape Industries Association WA Inc (LIAWA) was formed in 1979 and is a non-profit organisation, representing those involved in the landscape industry in Western Australia. Some 40 years on, its mission is still clear; to support and inspire all professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers to be leaders within an environmentally, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape industry. Click Here to read our Rules

LIAWA actively promotes a high level of professionalism across the industry and in doing so, all members go through a vetting and approvals process and are bound by LIAWA’s Code of Ethics and Values.  This ensures excellent standards of workmanship and high levels of customer service are constantly maintained and demonstrated. LIAWA members include professional landscapers, landscape contractors, grounds maintenance contractors, residential designers and allied suppliers to the landscape industry.

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LIAWA Board, Team & Life Members

LIAWA Board members represent various industry areas. The Association also employs an Executive Officer and a small administration team.

President: Darren Seinor

Vice President: Joshua O’Keefe

Board Members: Nathan Phillips, Grahame Houston, Lisa Hall, Stacey Shepherd, Dr Alan Rees, Yvonne Bosetti.

Executive Officer: Christine Stanton
Communications and Marketing: Sarah Rocle
Accounts Officer: Lesley Power

Life Members: Dirk Van Nellestyn, Eiji Morozumi, Larry Lucas, Max Hewitt, Greg Baldock, Tim Davies.

 

 
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I worked for 10 years in wholesale plant production before starting Garden Solutions in 2003 as a one man band. I’ve been active in the media, writing for the Sunday Times, taking talk-back on several radio stations and appearing on a range of gardening TV shows including The Garden Gurus.I’m a horticulturist, garden designer and accredited Waterwise Irrigator. I’m a passionate plant lover, particularly exotic trees and shrubs and love fruiting plants.

A father of three fantastic boys and dedicated West Coast Eagles supporter. I’m looking forward to seeing LIAWA thrive over the coming years.

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Josh O’Keefe is LIAWA’s Vice President for 2021/2022. He and his business partner started The Greenscape Collective with the aim of being a sustainably conscious company bringing quality landscaping to clients at an affordable price. The business is a full service landscaping company offering design, construction, and maintenance services to their clientele.

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Grahame has over 20 years of experience in operations and business development. With an extensive account management and customer service experience, he prides himself on being accessible and achieving the desired result.

He has a Certificate III in Horticulture and spent many years in the field as a groundsman with responsibilities ranging from maintaining gardens, caring for sports arena’s to curating turf wickets.

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Nathan has over 25 years experience in the commercial landscape industry. Growing his landscape business from scratch means Nathan has developed an in-depth knowledge in all aspects of the landscape industry including Commercial, Residential, Maintenance and Irrigation.  Landscape Elements now has over 90 staff and is continued to be owned and led by Nathan in his role as Managing Director.  His focus has always been on the culture, safety,  building genuine long-term relationships with the clients and contractors and providing his employees with opportunities for growth and succession. If he is not at work he would more than likely be surfing.

Stacey Shepherd

Stacey Shepherd is an experienced HR professional with a passion for the provision of quality service and continuous improvement.

Having obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management, Stacey’s career has geographically spanned Australia, the UK and the USA.

Stacey’s interest in horticulture coincided with relocating to WA’s South West with partner James Boyes who, as a sole trader, has been in the commercial and residential garden maintenance space for over 10 years.

Having been involved in Australian small business for over 15 years, Stacey aims to foster relationships between regional businesses and LIAWA, connecting them with integral resources and providing support.

Stacey is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Before joining South Metropolitan TAFE as a lecturer, Neil gained valuable experience in the garden industry and successfully operated his own business specializing in the installation of irrigation systems and gardens. His diverse background also includes noteworthy projects such as a stint on a farm in Kununurra and managing a property south of Alice Springs, equipped with its own water supply, where he was introduced to the innovative concept of center pivot irrigation.

With a commendable 20-year tenure at South Metropolitan TAFE in Murdoch, Neil has played a pivotal role in developing and delivering training programs. His expertise extends to mentoring apprentices, individuals aspiring to enter the landscape/horticulture industry, lawn mowing contractors, council workers, and irrigation professionals. Neil is deeply passionate about the transformative power of education in providing individuals with a significant advantage.

Neil’s horticultural proficiency spans a diverse spectrum, encompassing expertise in irrigation, soils, hydroponics, nutrition, and plants. His wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience make him a valuable asset in the field, contributing to the success of both his students and the broader horticultural community.

Alan has had family interests in both home construction, plant and nursery businesses over his lifetime, hence his passion and interest in the landscaping industry.  He has over 25 years’ experience in both the financial and professional services industries with senior roles with major banks and multinationals and he has worked with global and major consulting firms in Australia, Asia and North America to support the introduction of new business models, innovation and business transformation, to improve market access, and to address regulatory and technological changes for organisations in their respective markets. He has held board positions in sporting and health organizations in the past and he is currently a Commissioner at ICWA and a faculty member at Kaplan Business School. 

Yvonne was born in Milan, Italy. After her degree in Marketing and Communication, her passion for different cultures, discovery, and learning pushed her to move to the United Kingdom, where she has been improving her communication and public relations skills, while also being involved in the organization of events. After a few years in London, she decided to move to Australia, and here, she studied for her Master in Business Administration with a double major in project management and tourism leadership. She currently organizes events at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, using her PR, communication, and organizational skills.

LIAWA Mission Statement

LIAWA is committed to providing professionalism, leadership and technical knowledge through training, education, events, expos, and support with representation to advance the growth and profitability of its members.

In support of this mission we are committed to:

  1. Increasing professionalism of its members.
  2. Developing the business and technical skills, and consequently the profitability of members through training, education and communication.
  3. Being a leader in the landscaping industry provision of technical-based skills training.
  4. Working with industry colleagues and members to develop recommended best practices and methods to achieve and maintain industry accreditation.
  5. Being the peak industry body representative to advance the professional standing of the landscaping industry with federal, state and local government agencies, other related industry bodies and the community.
  6. Assisting members to maintain standards via Code of Ethics, Industry Values, Australian Standards for Construction, Recommended Best Practices, WorkSafe and other legislative requirements.

Key Objectives:

  1. To provide members with training and educational opportunities to develop the business and technical skills within their workforce.
  2. To implement a strategy to increase the number of members actively working towards and achieving industry accreditation and ‘best practice’.
  3. To ensure an ongoing provision of a skilled and productive workforce.
  4. To develop and implement an effective communication plan to inform and update members and industry stakeholders.
  5. To influence the opinions and policies of government agencies and industry bodies for the benefit of the industry.
  6. To implement a successful strategy for retaining current members and attracting new members.
  7. To develop revenue streams, resources and structure required to achieve its objectives.
  8. To create opportunities for members to promote their services, products and their businesses.