All a-buzz at Muresk this weekend!

A growing interest in keeping bees has prompted the first ‘Introduction to Beekeeping' course at Muresk Institute in Northam, delivered this past weekend.

Through the course, budding apiarists canlearn the basics of beekeeping and how to apply responsible beekeeping practices in line with Western Australian standards.

Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development Anne Driscoll said the course had attracted a lot of buzz, especially from hobby farmers keen to start their own hives. “All courses at Muresk are driven by demand and developed in collaboration with delivery partners and industry, Ms Driscoll said. “Beekeeping has become hugely popular over the past few years, and this course offers a comprehensive and industry driven introduction to apiary.”

Commercial beekeepers and subject matter experts John Enkelmann and Laura McLean from Westlands Honey in Beverley will deliver the course. Mr Enkelmann grew up with beekeeping and became a commercial beekeeper four years ago. He said the course was for anyone wanting to become more confident with bees and that ultimately beekeeping was hugely rewarding. “Western Australia has the healthiest bee population in the world and because of that we do not use any chemicals or antibiotics on our bees, he said. “One of the most important aspects of beekeeping is biosecurity so we can keep our bees healthy. This course will teach not just beekeeping basics but also how to keep our WA hives safe from pests and disease.” Mr Enkelmann said bees were paramount to the success of Western Australia’s agricultural industry as they are a natural pollinator and also an important bio indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem.

Muresk Institute offers a range of courses, workshops and professional development opportunities. Upcoming short courses include the Livestock School, Precision Control Technology training and the Drone pilot licence. There are also a number of full time courses delivered in partnership with TAFEs and universities.

For more information about Muresk Institute visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute or call 1300 994 031.

Media contact: Carrie Soderberg Senior Media Officer – 6551 5183


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