Welcome to Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association

Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association (DVBA) is a non-profit association created in 2023 by Derwent Valley amateur beekeepers. The organization’s goal is:
 
• To help all beekeepers in the Derwent Valley and Tasmania on a regular basis through social and instructional activities.
• To give basic beekeeping education to all who are interested, including children, and to assist them via mentorship and continued access to instruction.
• To educate and enlighten the public about the significance of honeybees in the food chain, as well as the relevance of the environment in maintaining honeybees.
•To collaborate with companies, farms, local government, and not-for-profit organisations in the establishment of a self-sustaining, community-based beekeeping economy in the Derwent Valley.
This chain reaction is happening right now

No leatherwood trees leads to :

  • no leatherwood honey
  • no beekeeping industry
  • diminished pollination of fruits and vegetables
  • reduction in agricultural production
  • a reduction of exports
  • a further diminishing of Tasmania’s ‘clean green’ image
  • a possible increase in GM crops.

Why all the fuss over saving our Leatherwood sites

Leatherwood honey is produced in the great forests of our island’s wild and rugged west coast. Human settlements are few and far between, and the region is rich in flora and fauna, containing many rare and protected species. Some people believe that Tasmania’s west coast is the last remaining home of the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine, reputed to have been extinct since 1936. Much of the region has been proclaimed as a World Heritage Area.

Flowering from approximately January until April, the leatherwood tree (Eucryphia lucida) is endemic to Tasmania and originated nearly 65 million years ago.The best stands of leatherwood are often hidden deep within the forest and can be difficult to access, but the delicious rewards are well worth the trouble.

Help us stop the clear-felling and burning of the Tasmanian leatherwood forest.

accessible trees means no honey from the Southern Beekeepers and no pollination in the South of Tasmania Tasmania’s prized Leatherwood honey, and stone fruits and vegetables all from the South, may just become a sad, beautiful memory.

The production of a unique, world renowned honey will be drastically reduced.

To get more information you can go to their site HERE

Next Meeting

Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association (DVBA) Our Next membership meeting will be held on Tuesday the 5th of March at the community house in Blair Street, New Norfolk from 7pm to 9pm. Following the meeting there will be a small supper provided.

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Next Executive Meeting

Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association (DVBA) Our Next Executive meeting will be held on Tuesday the 25th of February 2024.

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Help us establish this association so that we may achieve our goal of becoming the premier hub for civic engagement and education.

For the future of beekeeping in the Derwent Valley, the Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association has a vision.
The valley has a long history of farming, including poppies, cherries, raspberries, and blackcurrants.
It serves as an entrance to the leatherwood-growing regions of Strathgordon and the Florentine Valley.
It has the ability to advance and expand the beekeeping business, boost the agricultural sector, and gain international recognition.

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