Apiary Taskforce pilot

Pilot project to trial further beekeeping on public land

Kuitpo Forest Reserve in the South Mount Lofty Ranges will be opened to beekeeping for the first time as part of a pilot program trialling beekeeping on public land.

For the initial phase of the pilot, three sites within Kuitpo Forest Reserve have been identified by the Apiary Taskforce.

The Apiary Taskforce, which was established by the State Government to source beekeeping sites on public land, is being led by PIRSA, with representatives from the SA Apiarists Association, Apiary Alliance SA, SA Water, Department for Environment and Water, ForestrySA, and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development's representative, Ms Carolyn Power MP.

The pilot program is being partially funded by the Apiary Industry Fund.

Opening up new beekeeping sites will be critical to supporting the South Australian apiary industry as it recovers from bushfire damage.

Bee pollination is a vital part of South Australia’s horticultural and agricultural industries with the average economic value of honeybees as pollinators across 53 agricultural crops in the state around $1.7 billion.

Other potential beekeeping sites on public land are currently being scouted, with outcomes from the pilot project to assist in determining future possibilities.

Registrations now closed

The three successful applicants were:

  • Mr Aaron Woolston
  • Mr Les Crane
  • Mr Simon Peacock.

Additional information

Send any queries about the pilot program to:

Michael Stedman
Project Manager, Apiaries
Email: michael.stedman@sa.gov.au
Phone: 8429 0872

Page Last Reviewed: 02 May 2020
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