Promoting sustainable beekeeping in Woodend and surrounding areas


The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society is a working group of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group that seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas.  Woodend, Victoria, has a distinctive climate with long, cold winters and relatively short summers.   The main aim of this Society is to promote best practices for sustainable beekeeping in the local area. DSC_0020We meet every third Sunday 3-4.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House. Contact: David Gormley-O’Brien on 0408 578 032 or

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WBFS Meeting on Sunday 18th June at Woodend RSL 3.00-4.30pm. All welcome.

Topic: Update on the status of Varroa and The Asian Honey Bee in Australia from a Biosecurity Perspective
Speaker: Ron Glanville

ronRon has worked for more than 30 years in the field of Biosecurity, in policy, scientific and operational areas.
This has primarily been in the area of animal health, but also across plant health and invasive plants & animals.
Until the end of 2010 he was Chief Biosecurity Officer and Chief Veterinary Officer with Biosecurity Queensland.
Since then he has established a consultancy business, conducting reviews and providing advice on animal health and biosecurity issues.

Ron will provide an overview of varroa and how it affects bees, the current world-wide situation, the history of detections in Australia, with a particular emphasis on the Cairns asian honey bee incursion and the current incursion of both AHB and varroa in Townsville. The latter will include information on the techniques that are being used in the response. He will then finish with some information on what bee keepers should watch out for.

Please note the different location for this meeting (Woodend RSL in 32 Anslow St, Woodend).