Keeping the buzz in bee club
GEORGE Pallot enjoys the sweeter side of life.
The beekeeping enthusiast is keen to attract more people to the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association.
A field day at the Pine Mountain Hall this weekend 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.
“Beekeeping is a relaxing pastime. I enjoy it as it makes you more aware of the flora and fauna around you.”
The field day includes guest speakers, practical work on the club’s hives and a honey, cake and biscuit competition.
Beekeeping 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.”
Beekeeping 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 tomorrow from 9.15am at the Pine Mountain Hall, Pine Mountain Road, Pine Mountain. Entry is $2. Call 5463 9331 or 3202 8332 for more details.