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South Gippsland Beekeepers
President's Report April 2021

Hello Everyone,

The March meeting brought with it the surprise of being back in the church hall after all this time. Back home, as it were.

Thanks to Russell Harbour for demonstrating his method of honey extraction. He set it up and explained it brilliantly, all step by step.
In keeping with the 'honey extraction' theme for the night we had door prizes for 3 lucky ticket holders who each won a 27lt plastic settling tank with gate, a Bee AGSkills book and an uncapping fork. Congrats to our winners Michelle Goodwin, Peter Debreceny and David Barton. 

The theme for the April meeting is 'Packing down for winter' with a couple of short videos and a panel to answer your questions.
The door prizes will include Sugar-Shake kits plus 2 Wooden Nuc's from Hill Top Hives which are wax dipped and painted, one green, one white. These retail for over $100 each. Good luck everyone.

April is the month to tuck the bees in for the winter and then leave them be until Spring, they deserve a rest. Time for us then to relax by the fire, put our feet up and enjoy some delicious toast and honey with a cuppa - we deserve a rest too.

See you all at the meeting.
Bron Barton - President

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Newsletter Contents

* President's Report
* Auction
* Calendar
* Latest Bee/Beekeeping     News

* Shopping
* Mentor's List
* Advertisements
* Advertising Info
* Club Hire Equipment

There will be some second-hand beekeeping equipment for sale at the April meeting. This equipment belonged to the late Howard Stevens, one of the founding members of our club.
The items will be auctioned and most will have a reserve.
A itemised list and pics will be emailed to all members.
If you are interested in buying anything it can be paid for preferably using the 'Pay Anyone' app. This will transfer payment to the club's bank account and our treasurer Peter will then send it on to Howard's widow Lucy.
Anything you buy on the night will need to go home with you.



Thursday 7pm
Beginner's Corner

Meeting 7:30pm

It can be very confusing to know what's best when packing down. Things like: How many boxes to leave? How much honey to leave? When should I plan the last inspection?
We'll have a couple of videos to clarify the autumn bio-security requirements and a panel to answer your questions.
Gippsland Apiarist Association AGM

SATURDAY - April 24 2021
RSVP - Saturday April 10 2021
VENUE - The Criterion Hotel,
Cnr York St and MacAlister Rd Sale  MAP
(limited parking on site)

Guest Speakers
Ian Caine - The Purple Hive Project
Kate Bamford - Women in Beekeeping
Kate Bamford - The Wheen Bee Foundation
Bring a plate for moning tea.
May 13TH -

Thursday - 7pm
Beginner's Corner
Meeting 7:30pm
This is the meeting you've been waiting for. Time to bring along your own honey or mead and put it to the test of the popular vote! We may have a special speaker on the night but that will depend on Covid restrictions. We'll let you know.
May 15TH - 8.30am - 5.30pm
$132.96 - $143.51


370 Moorabool St
South Geelong, VIC 3220
Pre-Conference Dinner: May 14th 7pm - 10.30pm
2021 Victorian Recreational Beekeepers Conference 
Join host of ABC Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis, Australian researchers, industry specialists and innovators to hear about latest developments and thinking around bees, pollinator habitat, biosecurity best practice, value adding opportunities for small beekeepers and explore the social impact of bees.

Pre-Conference Dinner
To be held at the Brownlow Stand, GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong. Pre-Conference entry to the Trade Stall Exhibition, Networking and Dinner entertainment. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated. 

Latest Bee/Beekeeping News

Sending the scent.

A team of researchers from the U.S., Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands reports that honeybees use a series of cascading scenting behaviors to locate their queen. 

Prior research has shown that honeybees form coherent swarms. Research has also suggested that the queen is the hub of such activity; thus, other bees would need to be able to communicate - That's easy for those bees who are near the queen, but what about those that are more distant? 

Learning to like bees.

When you see a lot of bees around, there's no reason to be afraid. Most bees are only aggressive when provoked, some don't sting at all and some bee-like insects are actually flies.

Experts on honeybee and other insect behaviour share info and some good advice too. So let's look at which bees to watch out for, and how to avoid being stung.

For a guide on which bees are which and advice to give any visitors to your home or apiary follow the link.


250g Honey Bear Jar
150mm x 50mm

$16 (22pc)

Kelvin Trading

Bee Smoker Key Chain 
with light

(3 button batteries included)

$6.76 free shipping

Mentors List
Any of our mentor's are as close as your phone.
Just give your chosen mentor a call if you have an issue you need sorted quickly.
If possible, sending them pics of your problem or relative to your question makes their job a lot easier.
Choosing a mentor nearby is recommended just in case a hive visit is needed.

Rob SPRATT - Leongatha Sth: 8am - 9pm. General beekeeping, swarms YES

Stan GLOWACKI - Jeeralang Junction: 9am- 6pm - 51222641 / 0413136878 Beekeeper & Bee Equipment - Swarms - NO

Peter GATEHOUSE - Mirboo Nth: Most days - 0423 244107  Willing to help with onsite problems or guidance -  Swarms - YES

Bill RINGIN - Moe: Daytime/Evening up until 10pm: 56331326
Hobbyist Beekeepers - Swarms - YES

David & Bron BARTON - Korumburra: From 10am Any day D: 0433 035144 
B: 0433 035143 General Beekeeping - Swarms - YES
 Using the QR code at the church entrance:
If you have a smart phone, all you need to do is aim your camera at the code. No need to take a picture of it.  Your phone will recognise the code and take you to a page which will allow you to register your details. That's it. Done!

Beekeeping Equipment
Stan Glowacki / 
by appointment

Koala Drive
Jeeralang Junction 3840 
M: 0413 136 878 & H: 5122 2641
Beekeeping Equipment / Wax dipping / Queens

NEW email address is linked below.

Peter Gatehouse
Phone: 0423 244 107
902 Berry's Creek Road Mirboo North 3871
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Beekeeping Equipment / Farm Gate Store

Rob & Sharon Fisher
0437501133 / 0418502396
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Basic Minimal ads containing a business description and contact details are available to club members only for bee related wares or services.

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If you have any submissions, questions, suggestions or complaints about the newsletter please contact Bron on 0433 035143 or email:

General Club Inquiries for new members etc. can be addressed to 
Club Equipment Hire

2 Day Rentals:

Package: Decapping knife, plastic tubs, extractor & strainer $20
Honeycomb Crush $10
Contact David on 0433 035 144 12 pm-7 pm
Pick-up and drop off from Korumburra or at the monthly meeting.
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