Once stung, bee-keeping's fun
GEORGE Pallot enjoys the sweeter side of life.
The bee-keeping enthusiast is keen to attract more people to the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers’ Association.
A field day at the Pine Mountain Hall aims to boost numbers in the busy club.
“Keeping bees is an inexpensive hobby,” he said.
“For an initial outlay of less than $500 you can establish a solid hive and your ongoing cost is nil.
“Bee-keeping is a relaxing pas- time. I enjoy it as it makes you more aware of the flora and fauna around you.”
The field day includes some knowledgeable guest speakers, practical work on the club’s hives, a honey, cake and biscuit competition.
Bee-keeping suppliers will also have stands set up and there will be a food and drink tent.
Mr Pallot said club membership had more than doubled in the past five years.
“We’re a very active club,” he said.
“In 2005 we had about 40 members, and now we have almost 100.”
Bee-keeping isn’t without its problems, namely the Asian honey bee. The bee is a natural host to a parasite, which destroys hives and taints the honey.
Some Ipswich members headed to Canberra on Tuesday for a rally against the Federal Government’s plan to scrap funding for the eradication of the Asian bee.
“Some sources estimate it will cost $5 million a year to achieve eradication,” Mr Pallot said.
“At the very least we believe containment should be attempted until eradication can be assessed.”
The field day is on Sunday, March 6, starting at 9.15am at the Pine Mountain Hall, Pine Mountain Road, Pine Mountain. Entry is $2, which includes a lucky door prize.
Phone 5463 9331 or 3202 8332 for more details.