Congratulations to Trevor Weatherhead AM

In the Australia Day Honours list published on Friday 26 January 2018 Trevor Weatherhead was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

We congratulate Trevor on this award which is well deserved.

Trevor has been involved in biosecurity issues affecting our industry since the 1980’s. He has also been involved with AHBIC, and its predecessor the Federal Council of Australian Apiarist’s Association (FCAAA) for many years and also served as President of the Queensland Beekeepers Association.

Trevor has acknowledged that this award would not be possible if not for the help given by members of our industry.

I believe that we should also offer thanks to Marion, his wife, for the support and work she has given which has allowed Trevor to be able to carry out the duties for our industry.

So once again congratulations Trevor.

Lindsay Bourke
Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc.
29 January, 2018.

In Memorium of the Apiarist Life of Stephen Davies

It is with great sadness that we offer our deepest condolences to Shara, Robert and Louise on the tragic passing of Stephen Davies. Also to John and Betty Davies and family please accept this tribute to the beekeeping life cut short December 13th 2017 whilst transporting his hives between honey flows.

Stephen was known for his best practices in keeping bees. He ran a quality Commercial business which he took over from his father John. He was a quality operator and had just completed an extension to his apiary business in Baldivis in the form of a shopfront sales area with buildings to house the day to day operations of extracting, packing honey, beeswax and pollen.

Stephen was integral in the collaboration with Chemcentre forming the WA Honey Research Development committee under the umbrella of WA Farmers. This committee was to further investigate the Jarrah and Marri honeys produced in Western Australia for, initially their medicinal activity, two successful grants have been received from the Department of Agriculture, with a third in application, each of these researching these honeys further.

Stephen was an Industry person, he had been on the Executive of WAFarmers Bee Section for three years, a contributing member of the Rottnest Island Bee Breeding program as well as a representative on the AHBIC Disease committee.

Stephen was always ready to offer advice, share his knowledge and be involved. Stephen was one of the better beekeepers this state has produced, he was constantly driving to take his business and the industry in general to a whole new level of professionalism.

He will be sorely missed.

(Supplied by Leilani Leyland)

I had put a short note in the December AHBIC newsletter but having been supplied with this extra information I thought it only fitting share with all here.

Trevor Weatherhead

December 2017 Newsletter

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AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

This information was received too late to put in the next AHBIC newsletter so it is posted here separately. Download PDF here (407KB)

Please note that AgriFutures is the new name for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Note there is also a section on the bottom for a Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Information:

Applications for the 2018 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award program close on 29 October.

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If you know a woman who inspires and wants to make a difference in rural and regional communities then please encourage her to apply.

It is important to think of this as an Award to do something, not as an Award for something that has already been done.

If you have an idea, initiative or project that you want to bring to life, then this is your opportunity to make it happen!

The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

  • The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
  • Applications for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award close on Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 9pm.
  • $10,000 bursaries are available in each state and territory to support emerging women leaders to implement their Award vision.
  • This program was formally known as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
    (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. AgriFutures Australia is the new name for RIRDC. Learn more at
  • Agriculture Victoria is a proud sponsor of the AgriFuturesTM Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

Victorian Rural Women’s Award Information:

For more information on the Victorian Rural Women’s Award go to: or contact Johanna Christensen: or 03 8392 7117

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