Bees buzz at Yanchep expo

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Certified beekeeper Liz Stambulich from Yanchep Honey watches over the bee display provided by Sticky Prick Bee Haven. Picture: Anita McInnes

By Anita McInnes

IF you visited the Collaborative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products stall at the Health and Wellness Expo in Yanchep yesterday you would have come away with a wealth of information.

You may even have sampled some of the honeys which are included in the Honey in the Garden honey packs.

Yanchep News Online sampled the premium trio honey pack, which includes jars of jarrah, marri and wildflower honey.

Although the jarrah honey is the rare premium product for what it is worth Yanchep News Online much preferred the marri honey.
If you stayed around to chat to Dr Liz Barbour from the Collaborative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products (CRCHBP) or some of the other members of The Collective WA you would have maybe come away with some idea of how important honey bees and the beekeeping industry are expected to come to the Yanchep area in the next decade.

The CRCHBP has a five-year plan to make beekeeping an attractive industry by adding value to honey bee products, retooling the industry for greater efficiency and training the next generation of beekeepers.

The CRCHBP, which is a member of and the initiator of The Collective WA, is based at the Y.hub on Yanchep Beach Rd.

The Collective WA other business members includes Sticky Prick Bee Haven, Little Eeden Farm, Honey in the garden, Yanchep Honey, Yanchep Lavender and bob – Business Owners Board.

The Collective WA says it is an umbrella brand for produce in the Yanchep-Two Rocks, Gingin, Sunset Coast, Coral Coast and Wheatbelt areas.

The CRCHBP says at $125 million the honey bee industry in Australia is undervalued as 52 per cent of the nation’s food crops rely on honey bee pollination which results in a farm gate value of $6.5 billion.

Some of the challenges faced by the industry include beekeepers having to always chase the next flowering even to keep their bee hives alive and healthy, hive management, the loss of native bush bee hive sites due to fire, flooding and land use restrictions, the lack of a rapid and accurate diagnosis and response to diseases and the lack of an entry pathway to the industry for new beekeepers.

Certified beekeeper Liz Stambulich from Yanchep Honey was watching over the bee display provided by Sticky Prick Bee Haven and handing out sauce recipes which included honey when Yanchep News Online visited the honey bee stall.

A CRCHBP press release says there are some reasons to use honey as a health product – honey can help suppress a cough, it treats burns and wounds, can  have high levels of antioxidants, provides energy, strengthens the gut and may relive allergies.

The statements says honey has anti-inflammatory properties that many believe help with the inflammation after an allergic reaction.

The CRCHBP is looking at all of these claims  while also investigating the anti-inflammatory properties of Australian honey, which is tied to antioxidant activity.

For those who are fascinated by bees but who seem to always end up getting stung by a bee a brochure listing the West Australian Apiarists’ Society and the WA Farmers Federation says if you are stung always scrape out the sting, never pull it out.