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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 for bees. The main impact is on leatherwood, compounding the effect of a minimal leatherwood harvest this season.
At the time of writing, the fires are not fully extinguished, with hotspots in many places on the perimeter of burnt areas.
There has been a meeting between some senior beekeepers and Minister Guy Barnett to appraise him of the seriousness of these impacts. In late March, by which time it is hoped all the fires will be out and access to all apiary sites restored, there will be a TBA meeting to review the damage, and discuss how to move forward.
Members can start to input into this review by attending the SBA meeting on 25th February, when the fires will be discussed.

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

Times for Future Meetings

The meetings on 29th October and 26th November will start at 6.30pm, instead of 7.30pm. This change will be extended into 2019 if it meets with members’ approval. The Association’s Executive has made this change in response to feedback received, especially from members who live far out of town. The meeting on 24th September will… Continue Reading

Next Meeting

The Association’s next meeting will be on Monday 26th February 2018 at 7.30pm at the Glenorchy LINC (rear entrance of the library building). The technical part of the meeting will be devoted to Preparing Honey for Show.  As usual, this will be followed by a break for tea/coffee/snacks, then the monthly business meeting.  Visitors welcome! Continue Reading

Review of Nationally Accredited Bee Keeping Qualifications

A review of the Nationally Accredited Certificate III in Bee Keeping qualification is being undertaken on behalf of the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee. As part of this work Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops are being held across Australia. You can register for these workshops on our website (link below). https://www.skillsimpact.com.au/agriculture/training-package-projects/apiculture-bees-project/    or find out… Continue Reading

Show Us Your Bees!

From the ABC about its collaborative project between ABC Organic Gardner magazine and ABC Books: With bees in decline all over the world, we want to celebrate Aussie backyard beekeepers. That is why we are so excited to launch a call out to find true stories and photos from beekeepers of all kinds and from… Continue Reading