Moonee Valley Bees program a Victorian first!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Moonee Valley City Council is hosting a free event for anyone interested in backyard beekeeping to celebrate becoming the first Victorian council to host bee hives on our building roofs.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Andrea Surace said with the bee population in decline around the world, Council is working to protect our local bees through our ground-breaking Moonee Valley Bees program.

“Bee hives have been installed on the roof of the Kellaway Avenue Neighbourhood Centre with the Incinerator Gallery to follow.

“The bees will pollinate flowers in nearby Queens Park and Aberfeldie Park and produce delicious honey. We hope to expand the program to other buildings in the future.

“The installation of our own bee hives builds on our commitment to rehome problem swarms found on Council land wherever possible, either in our own hives or to a local bee keeper.

“Bees are responsible for 65 percent of the fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. And while Australia isn’t currently at risk of colony collapse, we must do all we can to support both native bees and honeybees to ensure our agriculture remains strong,” she said.

Planning and Environment portfolio holder, Cr Nicole Marshall said the program had already been embraced by the community.

“The Aberfeldie Men’s Shed built the hives for Council’s roofs, while our Knit and Knatter volunteers crocheted toy bees and the Strathmore Men’s Shed built native bee hotel frames to help educate children about the value of bees during Children’s Week.

“We want everyone to take part in helping our precious pollinators and so we are launching Moonee Valley Bees with a special event featuring two of Australia’s foremost backyard bee experts.

"Backyard Bees is a free event for anyone curious about backyard bee keeping or who just wants to learn how to help support local bee populations. You’ll also hear more about Council’s innovative new approach to caring for local bees,” she said.

Backyard bees talk
Curious about backyard beekeeping? Learn how to help our precious pollinators. Hear from Stuart Anderson, Flow Hive co-creator and Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, urban beekeeping expert.
When: Wednesday, 22 November, 11am-12:30pm.
Where: Clocktower Centre Theatre
Free event. Light refreshments provided.

Visit the bees webpage for more information, or watch our video:

Media enquiries:
Siobhan Coughlan, A/Coordinator Media and Issues
Phone: (03) 9243 1645 Mobile: 0419 507 339; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:08 PM