Cassowary Coast Branch Feb 2022

Our AGM and February meeting was held at C4 Mission Beach on February 5th on a very monsoonal Saturday.

Thanks to everyone who braved the torrential weather to attend the meeting and an extra special thank you to the keen Tablelands folk from Herberton, Tolga, Atherton and Gordonvale (not the Tablelands but still a fair drive) for your attendance. It was great to see more new faces. Thanks also to C4 for allowing us to use their theatrette.

AGM: A brief AGM was conducted, and it’s now official; Lea and Liz are CCNBA’S chair and secretary/ treasurer respectively, for this year. Many thanks to Jordan Ortt for his services.

GRANT UPDATE: CCNBA was part of a larger grant application applied for by the ANBA. The grant was awarded and we have been fortunate enough to use our allocation of the grant to purchase; a laptop, PA system, pop up banner, data projector and screen for our branch. This gear will be put to good use in the future.

FEAST OF THE SENSES: Neal Fraser has booked a stall at this year’s Feast of the Senses in Innisfail (Sunday, 27th of March). The stall will be used to promote the CCNBA and native bees. If you can help out with this, please contact Neal through our Facebook page.

C4 HIVE DISPLAY PROJECT: The development of a CCNBA display hive and bee information board to go with the hive at C4 was discussed. The president of C4, Peter Rowles, spoke about C4s environmental work around cassowary and coastal conservation and it would seem that C4 will be a perfect location for promotion of, and education about native bees.

As part of the display, an eduction hive will be set up at C4 and a discussion was held on how to set up a successful eduction. (Sorry, no photos as Chief Photographer Richard was unable to attend). Roger and I began the eduction this week by setting up an entry for the eduction hive. Progress photos of the project will be posted on the CCNBA fb group page, so keep following to see the project’s progress.

CCNBA is looking for volunteers to be part of the working group to complete the hive display project at C4. Jobs for the group would include setting up and maintaining the hive and creating a display/information board. So far Jordan, Roger, Richard, Lea and I have volunteered for the working group. If you live in FNQ and would like to be involved, let us know through fb. You don’t need to live at MB to be involved.

SHARING SESSION: We finished the meeting with a sharing session about everyone’s bees, which as always, was a really interesting part of the meeting.

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on March 19. We have a possible venue lined up and are awaiting confirmation. If you would like to host a meeting in FNQ in the future or have ideas for a workshop theme please let us know. (And, yes, a few of us would love to visit you Tablelanders for a meeting )

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on our March meeting venue. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1703605019824793/
Kind Regards, Liz Lang, Secretary
Cassowary Coast Native Bee Association Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1703605019824793/

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