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Newsletter Edition - January 2022

  • News from the Chair

    1. As you read this newsletter it will be Helen’s last day as our CEO. Helen’s resignation has come as a surprise to the Executive but a previous employer has made Helen an offer she could not refuse. So Helen has decided to move on to her next challenge. Helen has been with us for nearly two (2) years now and has made a valuable contribution to our industry. Your executive has now put in place plans to keep AHBIC operating in “business as usual” mode until we are able to recruit a replacement. Personally I would like to thank Helen for all she has done during her time as CEO. It has been a pleasure to work with her and I, on behalf of our industry, wish her the best for the future.
    2. As a result Helen’s resignation, your Executive have been meeting to look at a replacement. A first step has been to employ a consultant to review how we are performing against our Strategic Plan, look at the Position Description and give us some recommendations for going forward. That will be available in mid-February.
      In the meantime the Executive have appointed Danny le Feuvre, one of our Executive, to be the acting CEO. Contact details remain the same.
    3. It is not often that I put birthday greetings in my report but I could not let this one go by. Norm Rice turned 100 on 1 January 2022. Unfortunately the home where Norm lives was in lockdown due to Covid-19 infections at the home, he could not get to celebrate this milestone in an appropriate fashion. Many may not know Norm but our industry is indebted to Norm for his work within our industry. Just a few of his achievements were that he commercialised the use of Instrumental Insemination for queen bee breeding. He pioneered the sending of package bees overseas. He was the Queensland Producer representative and Deputy Chair of the Australian Honey Board when it started in 1963. Norm was responsible for appointing the selling agents in the UK. There were also many things that Norm achieved for the Queensland Beekeepers Association during his time as President. Happy birthday Norm and may there be many more.
    4. I have been reporting on the cases of imported beeswax that AHBIC has had analysed and have been found to be adulterated and/or contain residues of chemicals not used in Australia. AHBIC has been on to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for many months now wanting to have something done to stop these imports or at the worst have the beeswax analysed. AHBIC has heard back from the ACCC and whilst they have not agreed to our requests they have followed up a company selling imported beeswax in Australia. Their answer was the company has corrected the potentially misleading claims and will be “Removing all references to ‘pure natural beeswax material’ on the product listings; Removing the Australian flag imagery from these listings; and including details of the manufacturing country (China) on these listings.”
      I can only plead with beekeepers in Australia that if you are buying imported beeswax get some analysed to make sure it is pure. Our analysis has shown the imported products we have had analysed not to be pure beeswax. You do not want to be responsible for contaminating our Australian beeswax with paraffin and chemical residues. The best way is to support Australian beekeepers and keep our Australian beeswax clean is to buy Australian beeswax.
    5. Between me writing the article on the “Consultation on Organics” and you receiving the article it would seem that DAWE have now extended the closing date till 8 February 2022. So this gives you added time to get the survey done.
  • Note from Ceo, Helen Goodall

    My commencement in the role was perfectly aligned with the introduction of COVID and lockdowns, which has meant there has been very limited opportunity to connect face to face with the industry.

    There have been many zoom meetings and telephone calls. I am very thankful to the people who have connected and worked with me over the last 22 months for the good of the industry. The work cannot be done alone, and it is crucial for success to have support. I would like to make a special mention to Trevor Weatherhead, who has been extremely supportive and very willing to share his wealth of knowledge of the industry.

    There has been a lot of work happening behind the scenes at AHBIC and in the first six months of 2022, you will start to see some of the results of this work.

    I wish Danny all the best as the acting CEO of AHBIC and I hope you support him in undertaking this role so that the industry benefits.

    I would like to leave you with this saying to ponder:

    If you are bold enough to point out problems, you must be brave enough to try to solve them

    Robert Alan Silverstein

  • 4th Australian Bee Congress update

    A big thank you to Therese Kershaw for all her work in promoting and selling the Sponsorship and Exhibition packages. There has been an overwhelming interest and packages are selling fast. For more information, please visit the Congress website at https://australianbeecongress.com.au/

    Principal Congress Sponsor – SOLD Bee Creative Sponsor – Available
    Diamond Sponsor – Available Bee Bites Sponsor – Available
    Platinum Sponsor – Under Offer What’s Happening Sponsor – Available
    Gold Sponsor – Under Offer Bee Healthy Mind Sponsor – Available
    Honey Show Sponsor – SOLD Hand Sanitiser Sponsor – SOLD
    Welcome Reception Sponsor – SOLD International Guest Speaker Sponsor – 3 Available
    Trade Show Evening Sponsor – SOLD Coffee Cart Sponsor – 2 SOLD, 1 Under Offer
    Congress Dinner Sponsor – Under Offer Photo Snaps Sponsor – Available
    Historical Display Sponsor – SOLD Keynote Guest Speaker Sponsor – 2 Under Offer, 1 Available
    Beekeepers Breakfast Sponsor – Under Offer Bee Hive Display Sponsor – 2 SOLD, 1 Under Offer, 11 Available
    Silver Sponsor – 1 SOLD, 1 Under Offer, 1 Available Honey Show Category Sponsor – 2 SOLD, 7 Under Offer, 11 Available


  • Publications and Resources


    AgriFutures Australia provides access to a wide range of publications designed to help inform decisions made by Australian rural industries, and to contribute to policy debate on rural issues of national and international significance. Please click here for recent publications for the honey bee and pollination industry.

    Plan Bee

    Plan Bee is a national genetic improvement program using innovative breeding technologies to transform the performance of honey bees in Australia. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey http://agrifutures.com.au/partnerships/rural-rd-for-profit-program/plan-bee/


    Farmers, researchers and businesses can now see levy-funded research from all the Research and Development Corporations in one location. Please visit growAG.com

    Air Pollution and pollination https://www.beeculture.com/


    Ensure you make the most of these informative extensionaus -professional beekeepers resources.

  • Government Market Access Advice

    Market Access Advice (MAA) 2021-25: China: Dairy, Seafood, Honey and Other Edible Non-prescribed Goods: Advice to food processing and storage facilities on accessing China issued registration numbers has now been published. The MAA is accessible online here: 2021 Market access advice notices – DAWE Please direct any queries to exportlisting@agriculture.gov.au

    Market Access Advice 2021-24: Saudi Arabia: Honey: Update on listing requirement for honey processors wishing to export honey and honey products to Saudi Arabia: https://www.awe.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/export/controlled-goods/non-prescribed-goods/marketaccess-advice-notices/2021-24

  • Events and Scholarships


    Apimondia – The 47th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress call for abstract submissions is now open. Please click on the following link 47th APIMONDIA | International Apicultural Congress (apimondia2021.com)

    CANCELLED – EVOKEAG was being held 15 March 2022, Sydney.


    The Winston Churchill Trust will fund around 100 people from diverse walks of life so they can explore international best practice and innovation in a field of their choosing. Applications open on February 1 2022, for travel overseas in 2023.

    A series of virtual information sessions based around specific themes are being held to inspire project ideas and guide people through the application process. Each session will feature existing Churchill Fellows sharing their experiences, and live Q&As.

    Applications can be made online from 1 February 2022, closing on 28 April 2022. Registration for the virtual sessions is essential. To book and for more information visit churchillfellowships.com.au

  • B-QUAL

    How does B-QUAL certification benefit my business?

    • Product integrity
    • Quality Assurance
    • HACCP based certification
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Industry best practice
    • Biosecurity
    • Access to domestic and export markets

    B-QUAL Certification also enables an enterprise to market its product under the B-QUAL logo to show that it meets the B-QUAL Industry Standards.

    Complete your training at home at your own pace.

    For more information and to obtain a Certification Information Pack, contact the B-QUAL Certification team.

    AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd
    Phone 07 3361 9200
    Email: bqual@ausqual.com.au