2021 Conference (15th-16th May)
- Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May, 2021: VRBA and TOCAL are partnering to facilitate “Honey Bees Biosecurity Course.”
Strengthening the bee biosecurity capabilities with in Victorian beekeeping clubs. 15+ Trainees.
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- Friday 14th May, 2021: Welcome Pre Conference Dinner @ Rydges Geelong 7:00pm -10:00pm
- Saturday 15th May, 2021: Full day Conference program with two parallel beekeeping streams.
Trade Exhibition displays and Post Conference Drinks. Estimate suggests, approx. 300+ guests.
2021 Conference Program
- Sunday 16th May, 2021: The VRBA and The Geelong Beekeepers Club are partnering together to present “Morning tea with a beekeeper.”
This interesting event is directed at new and inspiring beekeepers to find out what is involved in becoming a beekeeper, to be host at the historic “Heights” in Newtown, just west of GMHBA Stadium. Estimate suggests approx. 50 guests.
Details via Geelong Beekeepers Club
- Novotel Geelong: The VRBA have secured a discounted package for Conference attendees. VictorianRecreationalBeekeepersAssociationConference_AccommodationFlyer_NovotelGeelong
- Rydges Geelong: Please contact the hotel directly and mention the Conference.
City of Greater Geelong
This initiative is proudly supported by City of Greater Geelong through its grants program.
Agriculture Victoria – AIAC
‘Funded by the Victorian Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund’.
The Conference Organising Committee is thankful for a grant secured to help us fund this event for all Recreational Beekeepers in Victoria for 2021.
The Beekeepers Club Inc
The Beekeepers Club is based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and supports beekeepers and beekeeping with training courses, information sharing and mentoring.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at their venue in Blackburn North. Regular beginners and advanced courses providing hands on experience are held at the club apiary in Heidelberg.
Ballarat Beekeeping Supplies
We stock supplies for the Backyard Beekeeper specialising in Australian made or designed beekeeping merchandise. You can find us at 306 Errard Street South, Ballarat Central.
Since 2010 they’ve been flying the flag for bees in Melbourne.
Rooftop Honey are Beekeepers with a vision of bringing bees back to the city and the suburbs of Melbourne. The aim is to be part a global effort to help save the honey bee from the various threats of disease and human habitation.
The Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference was developed in;
- Response to the changing face of beekeeping and increasing demand from recreational, sideline and part-time beekeepers to be able to access high quality, flexible and professional education opportunities; and
- Recognition of the challenges facing beekeepers in adequately responding to the needs of recreational, sideline and part-time beekeepers;
The Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference was developed in 2018 to respond to these needs by offering flexibility in its weekend delivery, opportunities to engage and connect with like- minded beekeepers from across the state and the provision of customised and quality content.
Aims and objectives
To deliver an annual Victorian Beekeeping Club Conference that:
- Delivers high quality, flexible and professional education for beekeepers;
- Provides networking and engagement opportunities for beekeeping delegates from across the State;
- Supports Agriculture Victoria’s access beekeeping clubs to deliver biosecurity awareness on honey bee pests and diseases;
- Delivers content that is customised to meet the needs of the recreational, sideline and part-time beekeeping audience; and
- Fosters on-going collaborative working relationships with Victorian Beekeeping Clubs.
The Beekeepers Club Inc. is the lead host beekeeping club for the 2019 Conference. The Beekeepers Club Inc. is the largest recreational club in Victoria with a member base of 360+