Northern Rivers newsletter - January 2018

Northern Rivers newsletter - January 2018

Paperbark will be starting one of its bursts of flowering soon, with reasonable pollen and normally some honey. The only problem is that hereabouts it also tends to be a rain time. Hence, the indigenous name of Bellbowrie, rain tree.

It will soon be time to be looking for the grey ironbark and red gum to show bud if they are to perform in the coming season. To paraphrase a well-known politician, "it is all about the grey ironbark".

Parramatta newsletter - December 2017

Parramatta newsletter - December 2017

In this issue:

  • Club loan equipment –Procedure
  • Bee a responsible beekeeper and be AFB vigilant
  • December Event – Christmas BBQ – 13 December 2017
  • Club shop is CLOSED – Reopening – 7 February 2018
  • Biosecurity Act of 2016
  • November Event – Q&A - Summary
  • Responsible Beekeeping
  • Thank you to our hard working volunteers
  • 2018 Fees
  • Leichhardt Field Day – 28 October 2017 – Summary
  • Are You Swarm Ready?
  • Beekeeper Training Available
  • 2017 Quick Reference to key position holder’s contacts
  • What’s in Stock in the Shop?
  • Calendar - 2017
  • Calendar - 2018
  • Calendar - 2019

The Amateur Beekeeper - December 2017

The Amateur Beekeeper - December 2017

In this issue:

  • 2018 Membership Now Open
  • AFB Survey Results. City Field Day
  • Announcing 2018 Conference Details And Ticket Offer
  • Stop Package Bees Absconding
  • Melopita: Ricotta Honey Cake
  • Three Ways To Show-And-Tell
  • New Bee Discovery   
  • Biosecurity Officer. Bee Identification
  • Illawarra Guests. Contest Win
  • Build Your Own Bee Vac    
  • Spotlight On: Manning Valley   
  • Clubs On The Move
  • Contacts And Resources

2018 ABA Conference

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Pre-release tickets now on sale

ABA members $80
Non-members $100


Friday 18 May

  • Informal bistro dinner in the club
  • bee-inspired movie screening

Saturday 19 May

  • registration from 8am
  • opening by NSW Governor
  • programme of expert and entertaining guest speakers
  • conference dinner

Sunday 20 May

  • field day events
  • trade show
  • inter-club competition
  • ABA Annual General Meeting

Ticket cost includes Saturday’s morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch. Onsite crèche and accommodation is available at own expense.


The ABA is lining up a fabulous range of speakers for our inaugural conference, held over three days at diggers @ the entrance on the Central Coast.
This includes:

  • Official opening by the Governor of NSW – and recreational beekeeper – His Excellency DAVID HURLEY
  • COSTA GEORGIADIS, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia, on Planting for Bees
  • STUART ANDERSON, co-inventor of the Flow Hive, on The Flow Hive Three Years On
  • DR MARK GRECO, a bee behaviour researcher at Charles Sturt University, on How bees learn and respond to our changing environment
  • DR EMILY REMNANT, a molecular geneticist at University of Sydney, on Bees and developing a resistance to viruses spread by Varroa mite
  • DES CANNON, editor of the Australasian Beekeeper on Turning your beekeeping hobby into a business

The full programme will be announced soon but we wanted ABA members to have the first opportunity to secure tickets. Members can also purchase up to four tickets for family or friends in December. Unsold tickets will be released to other beekeeper organisations and the public next year.

To secure your tickets log in to your member account and select ‘Events’ on the blue band at the top of your screen. Click on the listing for the conference. Payment is by credit or debit card.

To keep it simple, why not purchase your tickets at the same time as renewing your ABA membership?

Pay ABA fees and buy conference tickets by the end of December and you not only get the maximum discounts, you also go in the draw to win back the cost of your own ticket to the conference. How’s that for a good deal!

Renew your ABA membership and pay for conference tickets by 31 December to go in the draw

Job Opportunity

Job Opportunity

Program Coordinator - Apiculture Resource Access

Are you a talented project manager with excellent communication skills and an interest in helping the honey bee industry?

In this newly created role, you will make a real difference to beekeepers in NSW by coordinating and facilitating access to public land for apiculture (beekeeping). You will coordinate implementation of the recently announced NSW Government policy framework for apiary sites on public land and manage a support desk for beekeepers applying for apiary site permits.

You will be part of a team that is passionate about agriculture and committed to the sustainable growth of the honey bee industry. The NSW DPI team provides education, training, industry development, research, biosecurity and regulatory services to beekeepers across NSW.

Parramatta newsletter - November 2017

In this issue...

  • New Biosecurity Act of 2016
  • November Event – Q&A and Honey Judging
  • December Event – Christmas BBQ – 13 December 2017
  • October Club Event – DHA levels in Leptospermum - Summary
  • Are You Swarm Ready?
  • Beekeeper Training Available
  • 2017 Quick Reference to key position holder’s contacts
  • Club Shop
  • What’s in Stock in the Shop?
  • Wanted!
  • Calendar - 2017
  • Calendar – 2018/19