The Latest Frost Report
Cane toad sightings in Hunter Region
Two cane toads were sighted in the New South Hunter Region town of Metford, 7km southeast of Maitland in the week of 21 January 2019. As a voracious predator of insects including honey bees, it is important that we keep a lookout for this major pest, which is active at night during the warm months of the year, to gauge the extent of its spread and potentially halt its progress through early detection and eradication. Areas in NSW already infested with cane toads are Tweed, Byron, Lismore and Ballina Local Government Areas and eastern parts of Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Clarence Valley Local Government Areas.
If you spot an animal you think may be a cane toad, carefully contain it (but don’t harm it) and takephotos. The two cane toads found in Metford in January 2019 were positively identified by local veterinarians. Report the sighting to the NSW Department of Primary Industries Report an unusual animal sighting
More information in the Frost Report.
Available Apiary Sites
**Please note the update in the Publice Liability Insurance to $20m**
The DPI are pleased to announce the upcoming next release of available Apiary sites via the Expressions of Interest process.
Around 50 vacant apiary sites on LLS Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves around NSW will be offered with locations in the Murray, South East, Central West and Northern Tablelands regions.
The sites will be published on a map on the DPI website on the 30th of January. Visit this page on the 30th for a link to this map and the form to apply for sites. Sites will be available to apply for on the website for four weeks.
You can read more about the EOI application and allocation process on the DPI website.
To prepare for the EOI you can scan or download the following documents you will require for an application:
·Insurance Policy documents including $20m of Public Liability Insurance.
·A completed declaration of compliance with the Biosecurity Code of Practice.
·Completion certificates for the PHA Biosecurity Online Training (“BOLT”) or the DPI Pests & Diseases course.
If you have any further questions about the EOI don't hesitate to contact us on
Nick Geoghegan | Program Coordinator, Apiary Sites
NSW Department of Primary Industries | Agriculture
Locked Bag 21 | 161 Kite St | Orange NSW 2800
T: +61 2 6391 3464
DROUGHT RELIEF INFORMATION
To provide relief to beekeepers during the current drought conditions the NSW Government is waiving annual fees for existing beekeeping permits on public land.
The following links will direct you to pages with drought relief infomation.
B-Qual Australia | SEPTEMBER 2018
The New South Wales Apiarists' Association Inc. (NSWAA) is the state peak body for commercial beekeepers. The NSWAA is committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry, and the Executive Council represents its members in liaison with government, media and the general community.
We need beekeepers.
While the beekeeping industry is a relatively small one, it plays a crucial role within the agricultural sector of NSW, and all across Australia. Bees are essential not just for the production of honey and other hive products, but also for pollination of the food crops that feed us and our livestock.
Globally, one mouthful in three depends on honey bees! Commercial production of many foods like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits, vegetables and their seeds, are dependent on honey bees for pollination.
In Australia, two thirds of our Nation’s agricultural output benefits from the pollination services of honey bees!
Our Association plays a crucial role in ensuring that we have a viable and sustainable beekeeping industry in NSW.
NSW is Australia’s biggest beekeeping state.
It is estimated that the NSW beekeeping industry contribute around $36 million annually to the state’s economy through the production of honey, bees wax and other hive products. While the pollination services provided by honey bees are estimated at $4-6 billion nationally.
There are currently around 6,799 registered beekeepers in NSW, which represents about 45 per cent of Australia’s beekeeping industry.
The NSW Apiarists’ Association and its members are committed to ensuring the future of beekeeping in Australia.