Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association
Established in 1992 and has nearly 300 members.
We have grown to become one of Australia’s most active beekeeping clubs. We have members ranging from novices to experienced beekeepers who have been working with bees for decades. We all share a passion for the wonderful and remarkable world of the honey bee.
Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 7.30pm until around 10.00pm. New members and visitors are welcome.Our History
Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association was established at a meeting called by David Kinnell and Norm Hinton, at the Humanities Centre, South Street, Ipswich on the third of March, 1992.
The Association was Incorporated under the Queensland Association Incorporation Act 1981 on the third of May 1994, Certificate number 1A13460. Ron Smith, Vice President 1997/1998, updated the association’s rules during the period August 1997 to April 1998.
Our club continues to thrive with new members joining every month.
The Aims of our Association
To increase the knowledge of bees and bee culture.
To improve the standard of beekeeping among beekeepers, and assist in the information of sub-branches and affiliation with other bodies.
To assist in the study of subjects allied, and relevant to, apiculture.
To help establish and encourage honey, pollen and flora projects.
To foster intelligent observation and practical handling of bees.
To give advice and assistance on bees.
To arrange lectures, demonstrations, and field days, for the benefit of members.
To assist members in obtaining suitable apiculture material.
To seek out, and assist, people who are interested and qualified to carry out research work on bees and bee culture.
Club Meetings are held the on first Tuesday of every month except January at The Humanities Centre, Corner of South and Nicholas Streets, Ipswich. Visitors Welcome.
We are delighted to be able to offer Basic Bee Keeping Training again this year, particularly for our newer and less experienced members.
Trevor Weatherhead, (a very experienced beekeeper and Chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council) is available on Sunday 23rd & 30th July to run the training. The sessions will be tailored toward new beekeepers in our Club. The venue for the training (if it is dry) will be at Wayne Rossiter’s paddock at Pine Mountain Road, Pine Mountain, (across the road from the Pine Mountain Hall). If it is raining, it will be at Noela’s place, 40 Whitehill Road, Eastern Heights Ipswich. Please bring your own chair, hat, water. There is no requirement for bee gear as this is a class-based instructional session, and no bee hives will be opened (it’s too cold!)
Each day will commence at 9.00am and finish around 3.00pm and run over the 2 days.
Cost for the 2 days will be a total of $50.00 to members, including morning tea and lunch, and a copy of the fabulous DPI NSW Bee Book, which is a Practical Guide to Beekeeping. If there are 2 from a family attending, the total cost will be $75.00 and they will only receive 1 copy of the DPI Book.
Members are asked to confirm their attendance and pay for the training at the July Meeting, or direct deposit into the club’s bank account. Final numbers are required by the July Meeting. If Members are not sure where to go, please ask one of the Committee.