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  • 31 Aug 2023 9:32 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Please see statement about new Victorian permit to enable bee hive movement here.

  • 28 Aug 2023 9:40 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The situation on the ground is that there are now two IP Sites in NSW at Balranald and Euston in the Southwest . Both have significant areas which fall under the special protection areas in Victoria. See the AgVic web site for the latest maps. There are approximately 55000 hives affected by a quarantine order at the moment in Victoria and cannot be moved at this time. All bees that have been moved prior to the declaration of the outbreak on Friday need to register their destination. VAA has emphasised the urgency of the situation and AgVic are well aware of the need to make a quick decision. A meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. All beekeepers who are affected need to be patient as we are aware that this is a major time in your yearly calendar. AgVic are hosting daily meetings and setting up an Emergency Control Team to co-ordinate operations. I will have more to report tomorrow.
    Regards Phil Mcpherson, ILO  

  • 28 Aug 2023 9:00 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    VAA is working closely with Agriculture Victoria in the emergency response to the Varroa incursion. We  are in constant and close contact with the biosecurity team. 

    The situation is increasingly critical with confirmed detection of mites in the almond orchards along the Murray. The large numbers of hives and the possibility of extensive robbing as blossom finishes make the situation particularly complex.  VAA is strongly supporting Agriculture Victoria's efforts and will make every effort to keep members informed. 

    Meanwhile, there are nearly daily updates being published on the Agriculture Victoria website which is linked here.

  • 28 Aug 2023 8:40 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The map has been updated for the new swarm season and now includes over 50 members who are contactable for help.

  • 24 Aug 2023 1:32 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Click here to go to the AgVic website Beekeeper Update

  • 1 Jul 2023 12:04 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The Wheen Bee Foundation is seeking a permanent Program Administrator to support the work of the CEO.

    More information is available on the Wheen Bee Foundation website at

    For a copy of the full Position Description please email

    You might also like to share our Facebook post about the job opening at

    Applications close on 7 July.
  • 26 Jun 2023 3:53 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Details of the Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate III in Beekeeping are available here.

  • 22 Jun 2023 9:26 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Plan Bee continues the national honey bee genetic improvement program until at least April 2024.  Further details at their website here.

  • 18 Jun 2023 12:20 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Dates of the 3 workshops are posted on the Melbourne Section page.

  • 4 Jun 2023 9:26 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Take advantage of the discounted early bird registration rate,  which closes 5th June.  Register here.

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