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  • 30 Jun 2022 8:20 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    On Wednesday the 22nd June an initial detection of Varroa mite was found in sentinel hives at the port of Newcastle. A second confirmed detection in a commercial load of bees occurred within 10km on Saturday 25th June.

    These have been the ONLY detections so far. There has been no further detections outside of the 10km eradication zone.

    Due to the second detection being in commercial hives, DPI have been swift in conducting tracing activities to determine the locations of any hives connected to the commercial operation. The resulting tracing has determined that there are hives connected to the operation outside of the 50km emergency zone.

    In consultation state counterparts, the almond industry and AHBIC, the Incident Controller and Chief Plant Officer signed the stand still order which came into effect this evening. The order means the following:-

    • Hives must not be moved if they are in the state of NSW regardless if NSW is not their residence.

    • Hives must not be ‘tampered’ with, meaning hives can not be worked, extracted or have supers put on.

    • There is an exemption for conducting surveillance including sugar shake and alcohol washes.

    The intent of the order is to allow time for the department to trace hive movements and determine the locations of any ‘at risk’ hives outside of the 50km zone.

    This is a biosecurity order and the penalties for disregarding this order are huge, police are aware and patrolling. Please be patient. This is for the long term benefit of our industry.

    Sugar shake and alcohol washes can be undertaken on any hives during this order. If mites are detected in your surveillance ring the hotline on 1800 084 881.

    The link to the emergency order is here:

  • 27 Jun 2022 8:52 PM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    Varroa Detection at the Port of Newcastle

    On late Wednesday the 22nd of June AHBIC was made aware if the detection of mites in surveillance hives at the port of Newcastle. AHBIC has acted swiftly in working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to ensure the sentinel hives have been euthanised and the mites identified. Molecular testing has conformed that it is V. destructor.

    AHBIC has been in constant contact with the DPI and the national response plan has been initiated with a meeting of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pest (CEPPD) held on Friday and further meetings on Monday. AHBIC and the NSWAA will be working to provide on ground resources to assist in the surveillance.

    Industry Liaison Officers are being mobilised and will be based at the state control centre in Orange and the local coordination centre in Maitland. In the initial stages the ILO officers will be Danny Le Feuvre from AHBIC and Steve Fuller from the NSW Apiarists Association. These ILO’s will be on the ground and will coordinate the industry resources that will be needed to assist in the surveillance.

    There is a 50km ‘do not move’ order in place. It is critically important that beekeepers in the Newcastle area do not move any hives or equipment in or out of the area. Moving hives away will only further exacerbate the issue and make eradication efforts futile.

    Not moving hives in or out of the 50km ‘do not move’ area will be the only way of successfully containing the incursion and ultimately eradicating the pest.

    It also important that any media enquires are directed to AHBIC to ensure the messaging is consistent.

    Further information contact AHBIC - Danny Le Feuvre 0402 467 780

  • 25 Jun 2022 7:53 PM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    On behalf of the AASA we have been asked to circulate the following information to our members.

    Further to the information below, Plant Health Australia are the overarching federal agency responsible for responding to issues with crops and within their listing of Representing Parties is the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc. (and includes Bees and their hives are defined as included under Crops and Beeswax and Honey)

    As per proper processes, the National Biosecurity/Incursion Management Plan has been Active aged.

    All documents can be accessed on the Plant Health Australia website ( )

    These two documents will explain the process further. 

    EPPRD - 3March2022

    PLANTPLAN - 8December2021

  • 12 May 2022 9:42 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    BBSA produces a bi-monthly magazine, Buzzword. Download edition 113 here.

  • 20 Apr 2022 2:40 PM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    Over the weekend the BSSA held their usual stall at Sophie Thompson's open garden. It was a great success! 

    Pictured above L-R Kay, Trisha, Costa and Bruce.

    Pictured above L-R Costa, Mark, Bruce and Barbara. 

  • 15 Apr 2022 6:44 PM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    Conservationists are worried European honey bees compete with native fauna and stingless bees for habitat in national parks. Read the ABC News article here. 

  • 12 Apr 2022 10:36 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    The Royal Australian Mint has released a new coin, and there's a special buzz about it.

    Marking 200 years since the insect's introduction to Australia, the $2 collector's coin features two honey bees, commemorating "both the remarkable creatures and conscientious beekeepers".

    Read more from the ABC News article here. 

  • 9 Mar 2022 10:07 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    Sophie’s Patch Easter Open Garden will be taking place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of April this year. The BSSA has a stall at each of Sophie's events where we sell our honey and talk to the public about beekeeping. It is a lot of fun. Sophie is a valued patron of the BSSA. 

    We are looking for volunteers who are available to help over the 3 days. Time slots we need to fill are 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, and 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm. The address is 394 Springs Rd, Mt Barker. You are able to enter Sophie’s free of charge as a volunteer. We endeavour to have 3 volunteers per shift, so that there are opportunities for all volunteers to have a break, go to the toilet or just look around. It is a wonderful couple of hours.

    See the event on Sophie's website for more information about the open garden. 

    If you can help please contact Trisha at Many thanks!

  • 1 Mar 2022 10:05 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    BBSA produces a bi-monthly magazine, Buzzword. Download edition 112 here.

  • 3 Feb 2022 9:42 AM | James FIELD (Administrator)

    The Australian Manuka Honey Association has cheered the latest victory for Australian beekeepers in the "farcical" trans-Tasman battle over the term "manuka honey".

    Read more about it from the ABC news article here.

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