Are you a Beekeeper in North Brisbane area? Join The NBKA Beekeeping Club today.

Visitors and members alike are welcome at the monthly General Meetings at Lawnton. These meetings are always on the last Thursday of the month and start promptly at 7.30pm. Doors open around 7pm.

General meetings are held at:
      Pine Rivers Showgrounds, 757 Gympie Rd, Lawnton Qld.
      First building on the left through the main gate.

Below is a list of dates. BYO mug for a cup of tea

Thursday, 19th January 2022
Thursday, 24th February 2022
Thursday, 31st March 2022
Thursday, 28th April 2022
Thursday, 26th May 2022
Honey Court at Redcliffe Show – 24 – 26 June 2022
Thursday, 30th June 2022
Thursday, 28th July 2022 – CANCELLED – Pine Rivers Show event is running.
Pine Rivers Show – 29-31st July 9am-10pm
Thursday, 25th August 2022
Thursday, 29th September 2022
Thursday, 27th October 2022
Thursday, 24th November 2022
NBKA Christmas Party – Sunday 4th December (Members Only)

Come along, we would love to see you there!

NBKA General Meeting Speakers

September – General Meeting Guest Speaker

Dr. Anna Carrucan
Editor, The Australasian Beekeeper

Dr. Anna Carrucan, is a second-generation beekeeper, with a scientific background, having attained a PhD in botany, and have worked in fields of ecology, carbon science and landscape restoration, as well as teaching at the University of Melbourne.

I have a niche enterprise called BUUKAAR WAARUUNG Boutique Apiary and Artisan Honey, located on the windswept volcanic plain of the western district of Victoria, near Camperdown, about 2 hours drive west of Melbourne.  My focus is on small-batch, single-hive honey, beekeeper education, ecology and pollinator projects and now also as the editor at The Australasian Beekeeper.

August – General Meeting Guest Speaker

Dr Nural Cokcetin Research Fellow, ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney Nural is a microbiologist at the ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney. Nural’s research interest is in understanding the relationship between bees, the environment and medicinal honey with the aim of supporting the apiary industry, pollination, and human health. She works closely with the Australian beekeeping and wider agricultural industries and has acquired a deeper understanding of these industries in food security and biodiversity. She leads research on the bioactive properties of honey, specifically as a novel approach to combat the antimicrobial resistance crisis and as a prebiotic food to promote a healthy gut microbiome. Nural is equally passionate about doing research that has direct positive impacts for society, as she is about communicating her research as broadly as possible. She is a frequent public speaker on topics around bees, medicinal honey, gut health and antibiotic resistance. Nural has received many awards for her research excellence and impact, as well as her dedication to the promotion of science. She was named the best young science communicator in Australia and the international runner-up in the FameLab science communication competition and one of the TEDxSydney Top Five Young Change-Makers. She appears regularly in the media as a thought leader in her research area


July – General Meeting 

The July meeting has been cancelled as the hall is unavailable due to the Pine Rivers Show that is running on the 29th – 31st of July. We look forward to having Dr Cooper Schouten hopefully attend during a future meeting.

July – General Meeting Guest Speaker

Dr Cooper Schouten
Lecturer and Project Leader
Bees for Sustainable Livelihoods
Southern Cross University – Lismore Campus

Dr Cooper Schouten is the Project Leader for the Bees for Sustainable Livelihoods Research Group at Southern Cross University. Cooper has extensive beekeeping research, capacity building, training and extension experience working throughout the Indo-Pacific region with local government, private sector and NGO’s. Cooper currently oversees projects with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in PNG and Fiji (LS/2014/42), he is an editorial board member of the journal Bee World, an active member of the NSW Apiarists Association and is an enthusiastic beekeeper himself with experience in organic commercial operations and as co-manager of a bee business in Northern NSW.

More than Varroa – 20 tips to keep the mites off your back

The ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor has become a major global biosecurity threat and pest of Apis mellifera after shifting hosts from the Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) early last century. However, other serious mite threats are emerging in the Asia-Pacific region that have similarly shifted from their Asian honey bee hosts. In this presentation we will be delving into the wild world of honey bee mites, learning what Tropilaelaps is, how mites are impacting some of our nearest neighbours and what you can do now and in future to keep the mites off your back.

June – General Meeting Guest Speaker

Mr Greg Coonan
Gregs Native Bees

Our guest speaker is Greg Coonan a local area Native bee enthusiast who has recently published his own book to help educate folks in the wonders of all things native bees.

Greg has generously donated a copy of his book to our Club library so all can enjoy it. However if you would like your own copy bring along your money to buy one on the night.

Greg’s Native Bees