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 Ross Gordon, Vice President
Mr Keith Wooldridge, Treasurer
Mrs Jenny Newton, Secretary
Mr Steve Klose, Membership officer
Mrs Anita Long, Committee member
Mr Rob Bryan, Committee member
Mr Ashby Newman,  Committee member

Ms Jenni McLeod, Committee member

Mr Alan Baker, Committee member




Other Roles:

  • Mr Steve Klose is the Association’s Membership Officer.
    Ms Lori Lakos is the Editor of the Association’s monthly newsletter called Bee News, which is emailed/posted to all members – Feb. to Nov. inclusive.
  • Mr Andrew Edwards is the Association’s Webmaster.
  • Ms Lori Lakos 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 three sites in the Huon/Esperance area;  Ward Hartman for the site off the Gordon Road.
  • Chairman of the Hive Site Allocation Committee:  Ross Gordon

The Association has a membership of about 300 beekeepers.

Meetings of the Association are held monthly at the Claremont Hall, 41 Main Road, Claremont, with an attendance averaging about 45.  For more details, see the ‘News’ tab.

We also have a comprehensive library of publications, a selection is brought to every meeting by the librarian, please speak to him if you would like a book brought to the next meeting.

As a guiding principle, the Association celebrates and embraces the diversity of opinion that typifies the beekeeping community.

A Field Day is held on a Sunday in early November – all welcome.

Local Beekeeping Networks
The local networks run throughout the year, meeting for sharing practices, mentoring and discussion. Seven Local Networking Groups are operating. If you would like to join one of these groups please contact the LBN Coordinator for your area and they will help organise meetings.
# Clarence Network Coordinator Jenni McLeod 0448 515 867
# Merton Amateurs Network Coordinator: Ashby Newman 0438 78 1245
# Tasman Peninsula Network Coordinator: Chris Wilkie 0447794865

#Derwent Valley and Central Highlands: Lori Lakos 0413 901 120

#Southern Beaches: Jeff Lee 0418 986 444

Some of the key benefits of becoming a member of the Association 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 details of the intermediate and advanced training please ask the Training Coordinator 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                  Ross Gordon    0414 103 809
Laurie Cowen    6248 5315                Ashby Newman  0438 781 245
Peter Brown    6268 5282                  Anita Long     0417 032 156

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.