Victoria, the place to bee

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Moonee Valley City Council is leading the charge when it comes to bee conservation and is appealing to other Victorian councils to help bring about state-wide change.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr John Sipek, said Council will advocate to make Victoria a bee-friendly state at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council in May and the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government in June.

“We’ve completely changed our approach to bee management and hope to take this opportunity to inspire other councils and the Federal Government to do the same,” Cr Sipek said.

“The decline of bees is a global problem. Australia is the last remaining continent on which bees have resisted contracting varroa mites or colony collapse disorder and we have an obligation to keep our bee population strong.

“As the first local government in Victoria to host bee hives on our roofs through our MVBees program, we are focused on conservation and sustainable relocation wherever possible.

“We are confident that other councils will be open to adopting this proactive approach and have already seen support from Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors as well as Marlene Kairouz, Minister for Local Government, who recently visited our hives.”

Environment and Planning portfolio holder Cr Nicole Marshall said that support from the Moonee Valley community has also been outstanding.

“Volunteers from our Men’s Shed community group assembled the honey bee hives for our roofs, and supplied the materials for hundreds of children to make their own native bee hotels to help boost the population in their backyards,” Cr Marshall said.

“Honey straight from our hives was a sell out at the Moonee Valley Festival and local clubs are keen to work with us on hive management. It’s been wonderful to see so many avid bee advocates in our city.”

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