Bega Valley newsletter - June 2017

Bega Valley Amateur Beekeepers Inc.

June 2017 Members Update

Hello fellow beekeepers!

Welcome to the rather late edition of last month’s Members Update


Our guest speaker Sandy Farrell gave an insightful presentation at the June club meeting on “The reasons for registering your hives and how to go about it”

Some of the key messages Sandy gave were:

Why do you have to register as a beekeeper?

  • Firstly it’s a statutory requirement of the Apiaries Act 1985 (NSW).  It also provides a mechanism to keep beekeepers informed about disease and pest control and to alert beekeepers to disease or pest outbreaks.  

  • Importantly, it enables DPI to monitor the movement of beekeepers out of or into the industry.

How do you register on-line?

It’s very easy and here are 2 options that get you into the right place, but first log onto the DPI website

Once registered, the NSW DPI allocates a unique number to the beekeeper e.g. NG214 which must be displayed on your brood box(s) within 60 days. You must also notify NSW DPI if hives are sold or disposed of.  Beekeepers who purchase established hives from other beekeepers must display their unique registration number on the brood box(s).  The previous owner’s registration number is to be struck out but not obliterated.

There are some very useful guides and codes of practice to assist beekeepers:

  • NSW DPI – Primefacts “Beekeeping Code of Practice for NSW”

  • “The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice”

  • NSW DPI “Duties of Beekeepers”

  • NSW DPI – Primefacts “Responsible Beekeeping”

  • Beekeepers must maintain records of biosecurity related actions and observations and must be kept for a minimum of 3 years.

Bega Beekeepers now on Facebook

Have you seen the Club’s Facebook page?  

If not go to

Biosecurity News

The Department of Primary Industries’ recently appointed Bee Biosecurity Officer, Rod Bourke, has offered to attend a future club meeting, and share his invaluable knowledge on beekeeping and best practice.  Rod comes from a commercial beekeeping family, and has a very long history in beekeeping and a solid understanding of the industry.  This will be an evening not to be missed so stay tuned!  

July Meeting Learning Topic

Lyall Zweck will lead a Question and Answer session – so come armed with all your questions (and photos if necessary). 

About Langstroth hives

When cruising the internet recently I came across a very interesting article about “the inventor of modern beekeeping, Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth: see

Tip for the month

 This month’s tip is from Garry Mallard

This month’s tip is from Garry Mallard

Winter is the time of year when we rarely crack our hives to take a peak. It is also the time of year hives are most vulnerable to damage caused by unchecked condensation. Keep an eye on the daily forecasts and should you spot the promise of 18C or above, be prepared to check your hives to address any condensation problems you might find. Doing so will help to ensure your hive is healthy and prepared for a bumper nectar harvest in spring. Not doing so may result in a surprise mushroom harvest instead.

If you have some useful tips to share for the next edition of Members Update please email them to

Club Equipment for Hire

Winter is the time to do some basic maintenance on hive boxes, build new frames and replace old foundation…..don’t leave it to the last minute …..See Fay if you need to hire the frame wiring jig.

Next meeting:

11th July 2017 – Q&A Session led by Lyall. Once again if anyone can bring a contribution to supper it will be much appreciated.

All the best in beekeeping!


Fay Steward

Publicity Officer