The Southern Beekeepers Association has the following Executive:
Mr 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
Mr Ross Gordon, Committee member
Ms Chloe Carr, Committee member
- Ms Georgie Brown is the Editor of the Association’s monthly newsletter called Bee News, which is emailed/posted to all members
- Mr Neal Costello is the Association’s Webmaster
- Ms Ronnie Voigt is the Coordinator of the annual Beginners Training Course
- Ms Debra Quartararo is the Coordinator 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 Nigel Reeves for the Clear Hill Road site.
- Chairman of the Hive Site Allocation Committee: TBA
The Association has a membership of about 190 beekeepers.
Meetings of the Association are held monthly in Glenorchy, with an attendance averaging about 35. For more details, see the ‘News’ tab.
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. For more details 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
Hayden Pearson 0409 419 618
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.
Neal Costello 0437 732 433
Ross Gordon 0414 103 809
Maurice Rimes 0418 838 325
Bob Davey 6273 8907