Mid North Coast club now busy bees thanks to Charles Sturt grant

3 MAY 2021

Mid North Coast club now busy bees thanks to Charles Sturt grant

An amateur beekeeping group from the Mid North Coast has been able to open a new club apiary thanks to the support of Charles Sturt University and several local organisations.

  • Charles Sturt Community-University Partnership Grant helps Hastings Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association open new club apiary

Last year the Hastings Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association (ABA) received a $1,000 Charles Sturt University Community-University Partnership (CUP) Grant to help them in their mission to open a new club apiary.

The club hosted a grand opening event for their new apiary on Sunday 2 May to thank Charles Sturt, ABA-NSW, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and other local businesses and members who have made considerable monetary and labour contributions to the club.

The Charles Sturt CUP grant enabled the club to purchase three complete beehives and without the support, the club would not have had the hives to put the bees in.

Several Charles Sturt staff members attended the opening event to show their support for the club and to see first-hand how they put the Charles Sturt CUP Grant to good use.

Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement in Port Macquarie Ms Kate Wood-Foye said, “We are delighted to be able to support vital grass roots programs such as this that encourage ongoing connection with community and environment.

“Congratulations on a wonderful initiative that will provide hands-on learning for all ages.”

President of the Hastings Valley ABA Mr Charles Watkins said the purpose of the club apiary is to train new and not-so-new beekeepers on the finer points of beekeeping.

“As you would know, theory is good, but you learn so much more when you get your hands dirty,” he said.

“We currently have four workshops booked in and a beginning beekeeping two-day course later in the year, with details to come.

“We are very pleased to open this new apiary for our association.

“Bees are very important to the local area, as we have farms that need pollination services for crops of avocado and macadamia as well as the many fruit trees and vegetable crops.”

More information about the Hastings Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association (ABA) is available on the group’s website and Facebook page.

Applications have just closed for the latest round of 2021 Charles Sturt CUP Grants. Successful recipients are expected to be notified in approximately five weeks.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews, contact Rebecca Akers at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0456 377 434 or news@csu.edu.au

Image note (left to right): Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Vice President of the Hastings ABA Ms Pauline Bryant, Mr Charles Watkins, President of NSW ABA Shelia Stokes and Charles Sturt Lecturer in Environmental Management Dr Alexandra Knight.

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