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 – download our handy flyer to learn how to make your own!

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: Sunday, 4 November 2018, 6:34 AM