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.

We are committed to protecting bees by finding ways to include them in our urban landscape.

Moonee Valley Bees

Backyard bees workshop

To celebrate becoming the first Victorian Council to host bee hives on our building roofs through our ground-breaking ‘Moonee Valley Bees’ program, we are hosting a free talk for anyone interested in backyard beekeeping or being a friend to their local native bees.

Speakers:

  • Stuart Anderson, co-creator of the innovative Flow Hive which provides honey at the turn of a tap.
  • Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, urban beekeeping expert.

When: Wednesday, 22 November, 11am-1pm

Where: Clocktower Centre Theatre

Register online 

Hosting hives

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.

Rehoming not exterminating

With bee population in decline around the world, Council is 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.

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.

Last updated: Thursday, 23 November 2017, 7:47 AM