World Bee Day

World Bee Day

Dear Member

Our two World Bee Day stalls at Bunnings Nerang on Thursday, and Carrara Markets on Saturday were both very successful.  I have attached two photos showing the Bunnings and the Carrara stalls.  Altogether the club raised around $554 over the two days.  Special thanks to all those that manned the stalls, especially Rebecca Laws (Qld Bee Biosecurity Officer) Kevin Finn and Greg Foster who were there all day.  It was also great to see a number of members drop in and say hello.  Kevin’s display hive was a big hit with many people looking at it for 10 + minutes, watching the bees and looking for the Queen.

A very special thanks to Bunnings Nerang and Southport for their generous donations of 100 potted flowering plants, and two gift cards for our raffle.  The people who purchased something from the stall all got a plant.  Thanks too, to IndigScapes who kindly donated 30 tube stock native plants, and the Vietnam Veterans Men’s Shed who loaned us the tables for the stall.


We received a number of enquiries which sound promising and which will be followed up over the next week or so.


Native Bees

There are two free workshops being run by Toby Smith about Native Bees here on the coast.  If you would like to find out more and how to book, click on this link and go to Page 4

202105 May Cross-Pollinator.pdf

Once again thanks to all who helped on the World Bee Day stalls.  It was a great effort and most worthwhile.

Bee well


More Support

More Support

The sub branch and shed constantly require funding in order to continue providing support for our members, and to that end we have been successful, thanks to our resident grant guru, Peter Cameron, in being awarded a grant to buy an Oxy-Viva  medical oxygen resuscitator kit and another grant to partially fund a SawStop table saw. Both of these items will be welcome additions to the shed, and both in their own way will improve the safety of our members.

The Oxy-Viva provides the benefits of resuscitation, suction and oxygen therapy all in the one compact unit, and is an invaluable first aid device should one of our members suffer a serious health incident.

The SawStop Table Saws are the only Cabinet Saws that detect blade contact with skin, triggering the Stop Brake Technology. The blade carries a small electrical signal, which the safety system continually monitors. When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive. The change to the signal activates the safety system and fires the brake, stopping the blade in less than 5 milliseconds! Amazing technology that prevents even the breaking of the skin should a part of the body come in contact with the revolving saw blade. An invaluable safety tool in any woodworking shed.