Bees

Did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating a third of our food supply? This means that bees are essential to our way of life.

With bee population in decline around the world, we are working to protect our local bees. We have made a commitment that, wherever possible, bee hives found on council land that must be moved will be rehomed, either in our own hives or to a local apiary.

Watch this video to find out more:

Hosting hives on Council buildings

We are proud to be the first Victorian council to host bee hives on our building roofs through our ground-breaking ‘Moonee Valley Bees’ program.

Bee hives, built by the Aberfeldie Men’s Shed, 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 bees will be housed using innovative Flow Hive technology which allow the honey to be harvested just by turning on a tap with minimal disturbance to the bees. 

What you can do

  • Plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides or pesticides when gardening.
  • Install a native bee hive or insect hotel.

If you find a bee hive on your property, you can organise for its safe removal by contacting a local apiarist rather than calling the exterminator.

If you find a bee hive or swarm on Council land, please call us on 9243 8888 and we will organise for the safe and sustainable rehoming of bees where possible.

Remember, don’t be afraid of bees, but do keep a safe distance away and don’t try to remove them yourself.

Upcoming events

Introduction to Bee Keeping

Come and join us and discover the intriguing world of the Honey bee.

Find out how to increase the amount of produce you get by companion planting to attract this mysterious little critter, by reserving your seat for this excellent and informative workshop.

Craig Castree from Vasilis Garden TV program on 7TWO will conduct an introduction to bee keeping at home and will inform you about local laws and legislation, hive construction, care and maintenance, how to attract different types of bees (especially in an urban context), what goes into making honey, and much more. We will also have a honey tasting experience for you to see for yourself how fabulous local honey is.

When: Monday 9 April 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

Register

 

Last updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 10:10 AM