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Bees are an important insect for our community and economy, they are responsible for the majority of the pollination of flowering plants, both in urban and rural areas. Beekeeping can also be a rewarding and interesting hobby.
Our area is home a number of native bee species, most of which are solitary. One species however, is able to be kept in a hive and is a wonderful addition to any native garden. The native bee Tetragonula carbonari is a small, black, stingless bee that helps pollinate plants, especially native plants. These harmless native bees provide a wonderful service to gardens and the environment and are much smaller than the European honey bee.
Tetragonia can be kept in a hive in your garden, and are a fantastic asset. They pollinate plants that are close to their hive, they do not sting, and they can display fascinating behaviour. By supporting native bee populations, we can assist the maintenance of an essential pollination service.
Domestic Honey bees are not native to Australia but are often kept on public and private lands for honey production and pollination of food crops and fruit trees. Regulation for the keeping of domestic honey bees Apis mellifera in the Canterbury Bankstown Local Government Area is outlined in the Local Orders Policy.
Contact an apiarist in your area for professional advice:
For more information, call Council's Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.