Sharing information & ideas for interested beekeepers in Southern Tasmania.

The Association

The Southern Beekeepers Association has the following Executive:

Southern BeekeepersMr Peter Norris, President
Mr Bob Davey, Vice President
Mr Keith Wooldridge, Treasurer
Mr Maurice Rimes, Secretary

Mr Hedley Hoskinson, Committee member

Mr Laurie Cowen, Committee member

Ms Natalie Wright, Committee member

Ms Karla Williams, Committee member

Ms Chloe Carr,  Committee member


Other Roles:

  • Ms Georgie Brown is the Editor of the Association’s monthly newsletter called Bee News, which is emailed/posted to all members – Feb. to Nov. inclusive.
  • Mr Neal Costello is the Association’s Webmaster
  • Ms Ronnie Voigt is the Coordinator of the Association’s training courses, both the annual Beginners training courses and the Intermediate and Advanced courses.
  • Mss Lori Lakos and Debra Quartararo are the Coordinators of the Association’s presence at various Shows in southern Tasmania
  • Coordinators of the Association’s Apiary Sites:  Gary Weiley for the Crib Hill Road site and (pro-tem) for the two new sites at the Esperance River and near Hastings Cave;  Nigel Reeves for the Clear Hill Road site.
  • Chairman of the Hive Site Allocation Committee:  Ross Gordon

The Association has a membership of about 270 beekeepers.

Meetings of the Association are held monthly at the Glenorchy LINC, with an attendance averaging about 45.  For more details, see the ‘News’ tab.

A Field Day is held on a Sunday in early November – all welcome.  More details in ‘News’ nearer the day

Some of the key benefits of becoming a member include:

  • access to education for the novice and advanced beekeeper;
  • networking & social opportunities;
  • advocacy for the craft and industry of beekeeping;
  • access to, and support of research and development relevant to the industry;
  • improving infrastructure important to beekeepers;
  • representation of southern beekeepers’ interests to Government.

The Association also lobbies on behalf of the beekeeping industry as a whole, especially for the preservation of critical floral resources.



The Association holds beekeeping training courses each year – usually from August to November.  Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

The dates for the two Beginners training courses in 2018 are:

Combined introductory session on Wednesday evening 29 August.

Sessions 2 and 3 for Course 1: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September.

Sessions 2 and 3 for Course 2 (only if Course 1 is over-subscribed): Sat. 6th and Sun. 7th October.

Price $250.00 per person.  An online booking arrangement is being set up for the 2018 courses;  further details TBA.

For more details of training please ask the Secretary via the ‘Contact Us’ tab.


Southern Tasmania Bee Hotline

Ever opened up your hive and been a little worried that something is not quite right?  Below is a list of experienced beekeepers, for those crucial times when you need some advice over the phone, after discovering something unusual happening in your hive.  The following members have kindly volunteered to participate in the ‘Southern Tasmanian Bee Hotline’:

Peter Norris     6278 9007

Hedley Hoskinson    6229 1237

Laurie Cowen    6248 5315

Peter Brown    6268 5282


Useful Beekeeping Advice and Mentoring

The following beekeepers are less experienced but can give useful advice on less tricky issues, and – if you are a beginner and ask them nicely – may be able to act as your ‘buddy’ as you start your beekeeping journey.

Ross Gordon    0414 103 809

Maurice Rimes    0418 838 325

Bob Davey    6273 8907

Neal Costello  0437 732 433