The city has launched an un-BEE-lievable community initiative to swell the native bee population, without stinging the pockets of Gold Coasters.
The proposal will see approximately $30,000 come from ‘Our Natural City’ strategy, to sweeten the deal for property owners to either set up or maintain bee hives.
To be eligible for the Local Residents Bee Scheme trial, applicants must own a bee-friendly sized property larger than 1200 squared metres.
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They will then receive $250 towards the hive and maintenance costs.
Mayor Tom Tate is simply buzzing over the initiative, which he hopes will give the city, the Vitamin BEE boost it needs.
“Native bees are vital to our flora and fauna and giving them the opportunity to thrive has major positive effects for our city’s overall biodiversity.
“This initiative would see native bees thriving in newly-established hives.
“It will also provide a great platform for the local bee community to work with residents.
“The educational aspect is of huge benefit as many families may decide to place a hive on their property and their children can learn about the vital role bees play in the planet’s biodiversity.
“I trust Council colleagues will support this initiative which can be funded through the current ‘Our National City’ strategy,” Mayor Tate said.
Gold Coast Council also runs ‘Stingless Bee Keeping’ workshops through the NaturallyGC program, providing residents with an opportunity to learn more about bees.
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