Beekeeping

New online system for beekeeping

  • Streamlines apiary administration for beekeepers
  • New measures to manage dieback impacts included in updated conditions for beekeeping in WA Parks and Reserves
  • A new online apiary system allows beekeepers to apply, manage and share sites more efficiently, adding value to Western Australia’s globally significant beekeeping industry.

    The new system was developed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and provides approvals for apiary sites in WA National Parks and Conservation Reserves, as well as on pastoral leases, mining claims and unallocated Crown lands.

    To complement the online system, the DBCA Beekeeping Terms and Conditions in WA have been updated in consultation with the Bee Industry Council of Western Australia to provide clear guidance for those undertaking beekeeping activities in these lands.

    As a new requirement in the conditions, beekeepers will need to undergo training on procedures to prevent the spread of Phytophthora dieback. This will help manage the impacts of this threat on WA’s flora resources. The DBCA has provided this Green Card training on Phytophthora dieback to beekeepers over the past year, which has been well received by the industry.

    There are currently 4,238 beekeeping authorizations granted under the CALME law, distributed among 101 beekeepers.

    Beekeeping is a major industry for WA with a farm gate value of $50 million, and it provides pollination services to the horticulture industry worth approximately $1.1 billion.

    The AO industry is notable worldwide as AO is free from bee diseases and pests found elsewhere and exports bees to other countries.

    As Environment Minister Reece Whitby said:

    “Bees play a key role in agriculture by pollinating crops and increasing yield, as well as through the honey industry.

    “This new online system streamlines the administration of beekeeping sites on certain Crown lands, allowing beekeepers to view all of their sites online and to more easily use other sites.

    “With a significant increase in the number of beekeepers accessing Crown land, it is important to ensure that proper hygiene practices are followed.

    “The new Phytophthora dieback green card will help prevent the spread of dieback in Western Australia and protect floral resources that support beekeeping and other industries.”

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