The newly formed Australian Native Bee Association Inc. (ANBA) aims to build a dynamic member-based organisation dedicated to protecting all native bees (not only stingless bees), protecting our members and providing great learning resources and social experiences. The aim is not to impose rules or restrict activities, but to provide a nurturing environment in which we can all learn from each other, while respecting differences, and in the process protect and utilize this precious natural resource.
The Objectives of the Australian Native Bee Association are:-
(b) To support the protection and conservation of Australian native bees in the wild
(c) To represent industry policy at all levels of Government, private enterprise and the public
(e) To disseminate information of interest and relevance to its members
(f) To conduct and encourage research
(g) To establish, authorise and support branches in areas where there is interest
(h) To secure business concessions and services for members.
(i) Engage with indigenous communities and interests for mutual exchange of knowledge
The cost of joining the ANBA is $50 per annum for standard membership or $100 for industry membership. There is pro rata available. The benefits of joining this association include:
Individuals can join the ANBA here: https://australiannativebee.org.au/
The ANBA is registered to operate nationwide, but we encourage LOCAL BRANCHES to form. Upon joining the association, members choose to affiliate with a local branch or remain unaffiliated. Branches can raise and manage their own funds. Four branches (Brisbane, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mid North Coast NSW) have already voted to form. Branches retain some autonomy but need to follow a few guidelines as stated under The Rules of the ANBA. Some of these guidelines are:-
The Interim Management Committee (operating until the first AGM when all positions are up for election) is:-
· Secretary: Trevor Weatherhead
· President: Tim Heard
· Vice President: vacant
· Treasurer: Ann Ross
· Communication officer: vacant
· Membership Officer: Wayne Berry
· Committee member: Jenny Shanks
· Branch representative / Honey subcommittee: Dean Haley
If you are interested in forming a local branch, please contact Trevor Weatherhead (0427 960735, sec@AustralianNativeBee.org.au) or Tim Heard (0434 416053, pres@AustralianNativeBee.org.au).