Election of office bearers at the AGM

Election of office bearers at the AGM
Wednesday 12th of April, Night Meeting
Senior Citizens Hall at 259 Pacific Highway Lindfield
Meeting begins at 7.30PM

If you read the January issue of “The Beekeeper” you will know what is happening with the AGM. In the interest of this process being completely transparent, I will explain the detail so you don’t have to read the constitution and the association model rules.

Members are invited to stand for positions on the committee if there is interest in that side of the club. All positions are declared vacant at the AGM and if only one nomination is received for a position, then that person nominated will take up the position.

If there is more than one person nominated for a position, an election will be held and will be a “first past the post” counting system. Any equality in voting shall be resolved by lot.

In the event of no nominations being received for a position, then the chairperson will call for nominations from the meeting. If no nominations are received, then that position will be declared vacant.

The nomination form is on the web site and can be found <here>. For a nomination to be valid, you must be nominated by a financial member of the Association, and seconded by another financial member. The nominee must also be a financial member and must sign the form to show their acceptance of the nomination. All nominations must be received by the secretary ( PO Box 3070 North Turramurra 2074) by 31st March 2016.

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you may decide to give your vote to another member, that member must have your proxy ( form  <here> )  with the secretary no less than 24 hours before the start of the AGM. No member may hold more than five proxies.

I hope this is clear to all. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

Phil Kavanagh, President, North Shore Beekeepers Association (NSW) Inc.

Nomination Form Click < here >

Proxy Form click < here >



Biosecurity risks to the Northern Rivers beekeeping industry was the focus of the recent Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Compliance Regulatory Officers apiary operation.

DPI Senior Regulatory Inspector Anne Webster said the operation involved random and targeted inspections of beehives in the Lismore area aimed at neglected and abandoned beehives.

“Any neglected and abandoned hives are a major threat to the health of managed  beehives,” Ms Webster said.

“They can be responsible for the spread of notifiable diseases and pests due to the potential for them to become weakened by diseases such as American Foul brood (AFB).

“Neglected or abandoned hives can also become a source of infection for other hives when field bees rob stores from these hives.”

Ms Webster said during the operation hives were inspected for AFB and action was taken for the failure to notify AFB and failure to correctly identify brood boxes.

“A number of AFB infected hives were destroyed as part of the operation to limit the spread of this bacterial disease to other managed apiaries, Ms Webster said.

“Most beekeepers were found to be doing the right thing and complying, but it was disappointing to find that several beekeepers were unregistered.

“An information and practical session was held at the start of the operation by the DPI Biosecurity Compliance Regulatory Officers to heighten beekeeper’s voluntary compliance withthe_ NSW Apiaries Act 1985.
“The sessions included information and training in best practice brood inspection for AFB and other pests and disease surveillance techniques.

“Thirty two local beekeepers attended representing all sections of the industry both commercial and amateur. Beekeepers also took the opportunity to speak with the Regulatory Specialist and apiary inspectors about their beekeeping operation.”

Detailed information on pests and diseases of honey bees is available on the DPI web site

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Photo Caption: Beekeeping demonstration by Mick Rankmore, DPI Regulatory Specialist Apiary

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Sad news…

Sad news…
Michael Vordis who has been a member of the North Shore Beekeepers Association for many many years passed away on Friday.
Michael has been Jim Toliopoulous’s right hand man in the sale of equipment for many years and helped make the club what it is.

Bees available now!

From Phil Kavanagh

This year there are many swarms and apart from the three I have waiting for new homes, I’m hearing of other swarm collectors in the club who also have bees ready for new owners.

If you are a new member waiting for a swarm to start your new hive, contact me on 0402 232014 or kavbal@bigpond.com and let me know. I’m keeping a list and will coordinate with other swarm collectors to ensure you get your bees as soon as possible.  You will need at least one box, a base board, a lid and enough frames with foundation to fill your box. Because we are now experiencing a big nectar flow, a second box ready to go would be advisable.

If you are an existing member wanting more bees, stay in touch as I’m sure there will be enough excess swarms to go around.

The best way to become introduced to beekeeping is to accompany an experienced member in collecting swarms, so contact all the people already on the swarm list on the web site and offer your help. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll probably be surprised at just how easy it is to collect a swarm.

Be quick to get your boxes ready as these swarms are happening now!!!!

Christmas Luncheon (in November)

Hello Beekeepers,

Please find below the form in PDF format for registering your intention to attend the Christmas Luncheon on 24th November 2013. As you can see, there is a space to indicate what you can bring to the lunch in terms of catering. Please indicate what you intend to bring so we don’t end up with fifteen potato salads. The club will supply the usual selection of meats and desert etc, and the members will supply the salads etc.  Please bring your own wine or beer and there will be a non alcoholic punch served on the day.

Confirmation can be made by to the secretary as on the form below.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 24th November and don’t forget the field day at 11am on 17th November also at 10 Marina Close Mount Kuring-Gai 2080.

Regards,  Phil Kavanagh,  President,  North Shore Beekeepers association (NSW) Inc

NSBKA Xmas Luncheon 2013

News from the club prez…

Hello Beekeepers,

The next Bee Garden day will be held at Kavanagh Balloons factory at 10 Marina Close Mount Kuring-Gai 2080 on 17th November.

There are still a couple of hives to be re-queened and this will happen on the day. Also with the help of all, Greg will be extracting honey from the club hives. It is not certain if those hives will be moved to Mount Kuring-Gai for the extraction or we might remove the frames from the hives at the Wildflower Nursery before the Bee Garden day and just concentrate on the actual extraction process.

The club Christmas Luncheon will also be held at 10 Marina Close Mount Kuring-Gai 2080 and this is scheduled for 24th November.  Have a look at the web site soon and all the details will be posted on the “Coming Events” page.  Catering arrangements will also be published by email and on the web site soon.

This has been a busy year for our club with many new members starting off in beekeeping.  It has also been a trying time for all of us since the loss of the Turramurra Bee Garden  site.   The Ku-Ring-Gai council officers assure me that they are working as fast as possible to  get us into a new site, but are somewhat constrained by new laws governing environmental issues, not to mention new Development Application
issues.  I am hopeful of working this through to a successful conclusion, but it does seem like an uphill battle at the moment.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 17th.

Regards,   Phil Kavanagh    President

Bees in the news

Hi All,

Just a short note to alert you to an upcoming radio story on bees. If you follow the link below you will see the program description and the time it goes to air tomorrow. Also if you type “Bees” into the search panel on the same page you will see other programs already aired and these may be of interest.
Happy listening.


Regards,  Phil Kavanagh

Ted talks – September 2013

Just to let you all know that at the Chatswood street fair Last Saturday an estimated 40,000 people passed by our stall for the day.  I counted several times that about 20 people passed our stall every minute, and for 7 hours that was my count.
A wonderful effort and our takings have set a record for such a stand. It will go a long way toward our new shed when we find a council to give us an area.
Those that turned up were Joan Stebbing , Phil Kavanagh, Steve Kavanagh, Ian Savins, Ted Romer, Mary-Ellen Burke, Keith Pester, Bernard Sendlehofer, Sue Robertson, Martin Warnes and Greg Deakin for the hand cream and bees. If I have missed anyone Please lets know but you are owed a great vote of thanks for what you did. Keith and the rest of the helpers did a wonderful job at handling enquiries.
Joan was thoroughly “pooped and worn out  at days end, Bernard Sendlehofer  was our “super salesman” and our new member Sue Robertson literally stole the show with her gracious manner of charming one and all around the stall.  Ian Savin and myself must have explained to at least 50 sets of children and adults the life story about bees.  There were many requests of how to join our group of bee lovers.
If you have never come to one of our street stalls please consider  coming to one of our future events. The friendly crowds and the atmosphere made for a wonderful day. Even your children if old enough would gain valuable experience at helping to sell some of the 300 jars of honey we had on offer.
Again many many thanks to all that came and helped.
Next Sunday the 15th September our field day will again be held at Watermaid  24 Tepko Road Terrey Hills  from 11.00am  with a sausage sizzle lunch from 12.00 onward.
What we are hoping to demonstrate is how well the bees have fared from the mauling they received last month, especially the three swarms that Doyle dumped into new hives..
Doyle with Keith Pester will be demonstrating as Greg has other commitments.  We also hope to show how pollen can be gathered from a hive.
You probably are aware that I am playing with ozone in my hives and you will see how an Ozone generator can be put into each hive and not kill the bees.
My first trials were with 15 minutes per day with a 100mgm per hour solar powered generator. I am now trialling  a 4 hour stretch each day of sunshine.  You will see how I do it next  Sunday. The bees have not suffered to date.
My observations to date suggest I can eliminate chalkbrood out of the hive and the small hive beetle can be seen scamppering out of the hive when its on. I have written an article on its use and researched the lethal dose of ozone to all pests and bacteria  and viruses associated with bees.  When finished I will get you all a copy.  What I need now is for you to see what I am doing and correlate what I am observing and for you to emulate it if possible.  Total cost to each hive is $20 but the potential is huge for what it can do.
So I will hope to see you all next Sunday.  I have made lots of my honey ginger beer so please find a cup and have a taste with your sausage sizzle.  Ian has again promised to play for you all so that you can enjoy the atmosphere.

Ted Romer

Ted talks – august 2013

Don’t forget, this Wednesday at the seniors Hall at Lindfield we will have a talk by Shona Blair.  Her last talk some three years ago is still  embedded in my mind and she is well worth listening to.  She showed slides on the healing powers of honey and recently I had the opportunity to put her results to the test on my scarred pussy faced  granddaughter. She photographed her face for a month.  The results are quite amazing since the antibiotics for the last two years had had little effect.

So I will hope to see you here.

As you may be aware our bee-shed has been razed to the ground and the area is now flattened.  Next Sunday the field day will be at my factory in Tepko Road.  Lots of ground and you can park in the grounds of  22 or 26 Tepko Road. There is also parking at 24 my factory address but it may be a bit close to the bees if you bring children. Lots of playing area for them .  Mary Ellen is overseas and unable to cook for the day.  Any volunteers welcome.

The demonstration will be on preparing bees for the summer. I hope Greg will also be able to demonstrate dividing hives to make new ones as per Bruce Whites talk last month.

Also on Demonstration will be my latest Gadget to save the world from bee pests.  For anyone that read the July ABK journal on the use of Chlorine and its failure.  I once boiled some hives in 1% bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) for 5 hours four years ago and the results for AFB were still POSITIVE.

I have researched the use of Ozone.

It has the potential to kill anything and everything.  I have been putting controlled doses of Ozone into one of my hives. To date I have not killed the bees but the chalkbrood  numbers have diminished and I suspect the small hive beetle numbers are down.

Your job next Sunday will be to record what you see before I put my solar powered ozone generators into the hives.  The great thing about the Ozone generator is that it costs less than $20 to make.

If you are coming then I have limited seating… only about 20 chairs so bring a chair and table if you can.

Ian Savin has promised to play the  piano for you all and that will be better than any piano concert you will ever hear.  And yes I do have toilets for ladies and gents .  Its gonna be first class….

Hope to see you all thereI

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Our Calendar of Events for 2013

Wednesday August 14th     Meeting at Lindfield (Shona Blair)
Sunday, August 18th           Field Day at WATERMAID 24 Tepko Rd Terrey Hills

Saturday September 7th       Chatswood Street Fair
Sunday, September 15th      Field Day at ?

Wednesday October 9th            Meeting at Lindfield
Sunday,       October 13th          Field Day at ?

Sunday, November 17th           Field Day at ?

Christmas Luncheon ???

All  Are  welcome  ……….

Ted Romer