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Open Up Parks to Beekeepers

Oct 06, 2015

Michael Pengilly MP
Member for Finniss
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Open Up Parks to Beekeepers

Member for Finniss, Michael Pengilly MP, has written to Hon Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Sustainability, Environment & Conservation, calling for National Parks on Kangaroo Island to be available for use by commercial apiarists.

One third of Kangaroo Island is National Parks and some years ago the access to this land was closed to apiarists. This has consequently resulted in pressure on local beekeepers to find suitable locations to place their hives, therefore limiting their production.

The unique honey produced by Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian bees, is a niche product which attracts great demand across Australia and elsewhere.

The Government makes out to promote Kangaroo Island but locks up capacity for this particular product by keeping National Parks closed to such operators.

It makes sense to open up the National Parks for honey production, as it would provide many benefits to the National Parks and assist in increasing honey production for local apiarists and potentially create further employment.

“My understanding is that Ngarket Park in the Mallee, is open for commercial use. Honey producers on Kangaroo Island are under pressure due to several poorer seasons, along with high demand for their products and limited production capacity,” said Mr Pengilly.

“The Government needs to act on this matter and change a historically stupid policy.”

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