Bee-friendly Moonee Valley inspires others

Friday, 2 March 2017

Moonee Valley City Council’s innovative MV Bees program is inspiring other councils to help protect our native and European bee populations.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr John Sipek, said visiting Councillors and staff from Mornington Peninsula Shire were impressed by Council’s program when taking a tour of Moonee Valley’s hives at the Incinerator Gallery last Friday.

“Our guests from Mornington Peninsula Shire were impressed by our commitment to rehome honey bee swarms found on Council land wherever possible and are keen to take a similar approach to bee management in their own community,” Cr Sipek said.

“We would love to see Victoria become a bee-friendly state and hope to inspire others to make the same commitment.

“We are looking into the option of asking other Victorian councils to take this new approach to bee management at the upcoming Municipal Association of Victorian state conference and nationally at the Australian Local Government Association conference.

“Our new approach is causing quite a stir. The Minister for Local Government, Ms Marlene Kairouz MP, is also coming to visit our hives in a couple of weeks’ time to hear about our efforts to protect bees and educate our community.”

Environment and Planning portfolio holder, Cr Nicole Marshall said that getting the community involved was an important part of the MV Bees program.

“MV Bee honey straight from our hives was a sell out at the Moonee valley Festival,” Cr Marshall said.

“Through the festival and other educational events, hundreds of children in Moonee Valley have also built their own native bee hotels, supplied by our local Men’s Sheds, to help care for our native buzzing friends in their own backyards.”

Watch this video about the project:

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