Buzzing around local preschools
22 November 2016
Community preschools are set to learn about the environmental value of Australian Native stingless bees thanks to a pilot initiative to help protect the bees as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government has helped to fund a new initiative called Buzzcare Rescue which will be led by Richmond Landcare Incorporated (RLI) and The Australian Native Bee Company (TANBC).
“Three preschools in the Richmond Valley, Woodburn, Evans Head and Coraki, will each receive a native bee hive and educational resources to help pre-schoolers and their teachers develop better understanding the important role Australian native stingless bees play in being prime pollinators and facilitators of biodiversity.
The NSW Government is committed to working with the community and stakeholders to protect wildlife along the Pacific Highway both during building and operation of the upgrade,” he said.
Lyn Thomson Richmond Landcare’s Schools Officer said the NSW Government has contributed $13750 to help develop educational resources, teacher workshops and stocked Australian native bee hives for the project.
“RLI and TANBC have had overwhelming interest from preschools wanting to be part of this great initiative,” she said.
Steve Maginnity from The Australian Native Bee Company said teacher workshops were held in October to help prepare the preschools for the new hives, and today, Woodburn Community Preschool was the first kindy to receive a beehive following the training.
“The teachers have a number of resources to use including a manual, fact sheet and a Barty Bee children’s book,” he said.
”After the hives are in place for about one year a representative from The Australian Native Bee Company will harvest ‘sugarbag honey’ and the preschools could use it.”
Mr Gulaptis said the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade team was excited to be involved with Buzzcare Rescue.
“This partnership with RLI and TANBC demonstrates one of the many real actions being taken to minimise the impact of the upgrade on sensitive environmental communities while building a safer Pacific Highway,” he concluded.
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