Sharing information & ideas for interested beekeepers in Southern Tasmania.

Southern Beekeepers Association Inc.

The Southern Beekeepers Association is a forum for back-yard and commercial beekeepers alike in Southern Tasmania.  Membership conveys great benefits through sharing ideas and information. The peak beekeeping body in Tasmania is the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association (TBA), tasmanianbeekeepers.org.au  which takes the lead in representing the industry to Government.  Apart from being an incorporated body in our own right (SBA Inc.) we are also the TBA’s Southern Branch, and we conduct a range of activities for the benefit of southern beekeepers.

STT’s Planned Burning Programme 2019

The following is an edited version of a letter received from Sustainable Timber Tasmania, dated 26th March 2019:

As you may have seen in the most recent weekend newspapers, Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) will soon begin its annual program of planned burns.
STT’s planned burns are likely to commence in late March/early April this year in response to weather conditions. Planned burns are conducted to regenerate forests after harvesting and to contribute to the statewide fire management effort through fuel reduction burns.

Around 170 regeneration burns are planned for this year in coupes across the Permanent Timber Production Zone, ranging in size from a couple of hectares up to approximately 100 hectares. In addition, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be involved with fuel reduction burns across the state as part of the coordinated fuel reduction program.

You can find out more about Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s planned burns program by visiting www.sttas.com.au.
If you have questions or would like notification of planned burns in your region then please contact:
The Engagement Team
Email: stakeholder@sttas.com.au
Phone: 6169 2800

Next meeting

The next meeting of the SBA will be on for Monday 29 April 2019, starting at 6.30pm, at the Glenorchy LINC, rear entrance. Please note: The starting time for meetings is 6.30pm, NOT 7.30pm The technical session at this meeting: Basic Beehive Manipulation and Management by Season. All Welcome! Continue Reading

Fire Impacts

Bushfires this season are having a devastating effect on bees and beekeeping in southern Tasmania. In the Gell River fire, the fires along the Scotts Peak Road, and especially the extensive area burnt in the Arve, there has been a loss of hives, damage to access roads, and particularly a serious loss of foraging resource… Continue Reading

New Secretary

Please welcome Jenny Newton as the Association’s new secretary. For several years, Jenny has been part of the family membership with Dr Bob, our expert on stings and anaphylaxis, and is now taking over from Maurice Rimes, who has been Acting Secretary since shortly after last year’s AGM, and Secretary for five years before that. Continue Reading

Junior Beekeeping

A Tasmanian Junior Beekeeping Group was established in 2017.  It didn’t take long for it to start thriving, thanks to energetic volunteers – they have even harvested honey from their hives.   The group generally meets near Richmond, and welcomes 7 to 17 year olds who are curious about the delights of bees and beekeeping.… Continue Reading