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VAA Annual Conference

  • 6 Jun 2017
  • 8 Jun 2017
  • City Memorial Bowls Club 50-58 Cramer Street Warrnambool


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City Memorial Bowls Club
50-58 Cramer St Warrnambool


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Tuesday 6th June 2017.
7.00pm Hospitality evening - Light supper provided. Everyone welcome.
Wednesday 7th June 2017.
7.30am Registration and welcoming refreshments - Proudly sponsored by Redpath’s Beekeeping Supplies.
8.30 Commencement and apologies. 
Silence for deceased industry members.
A period of silence will be observed in memory of industry members deceased during 2016 / 2017.
Confirmation of the 2016 Annual Conference minutes.Declaration of Executive Council members for 2017 / 2018. The successful candidates for the VAA. Inc. Executive Council and the area they represent will be presented.
Call for notices of motion.
8.45 Financial report & Annual Statement of Accounts - Ms Kerrin Williams, VAA Inc. Treasurer.
8.50 VAA President’s overview - Mr Kevin MacGibbon, VAA Inc. President will provide details on the VAA’s activities over the past 12 months.
9.00 Road Transport regulations and recent law changes - Mr Bernie Phelan, Transport Safety Services, VicRoads.
10.00 Morning tea - Proudly sponsored by Monson’s Honey & Apiary Products.
10.30 Dept. of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources update - Ms Cynthia Kefaloukos & Mr Daniel Martin, Apiary & Plant Pest and Disease Officers and Ms Jessica Hartland, Bee Biosecurity Officer. Mrs Judy Leggett Chairperson of the Apicultural Industry Advisory Committee will provide information on the role and responsibilities of the committee.
11.00 Sustaining the Honeybee & Pollination industry into the future.
 12.00 Lunch.
Competition entries close directly following the conclusion of lunch.
1.30 Official opening & Acknowledgement of Country
2.00 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Annual Report - Mr James Kershaw, RIRDC Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel.
2.30 Australian Honeybee Industry Council Annual Report - Mr Lindsay Bourke, Chairman, AHBIC.
3.00 Afternoon tea - Proudly sponsored by Bec’s Beehive.
3.30 Assessing the mating quality of Australian queen bees - Prof Ben Oldroyd, The University of Sydney.
4.30 General Business.
5.00 Close.
7.30 Supplementary feeding - Mr Trevor Monson, Monson’s Honey & Apiary Products.
8.30 Tea and coffee and light supper
Thursday 8th June 2017.
8.00am Welcoming refreshments - Proudly sponsored by City Memorial Bowls Club.
8.30 B-Qual report - Mr Lindsay Bourke, Chairman, Australian Honeybee Industry Council.
9.00 Resources Committee Report - Mr Ken Gell, VAA Inc. Resources Committee Chairperson. 
9.30 Timber harvesting prescription review - Mr Owen Bassett, Director, Forest Solutions Pty. Ltd.
10.30 Morning tea - Proudly sponsored by Goodes Honey.
11.00 Long term weather patterns and the impacts on floral resources - Mr Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria.
12.00 Lunch
1.30 Are queens or workers more important to honey production - Prof Ben Oldroyd, The University of Sydney.
2.30 Mr Rob Waddell, Grand Ridge Propagation.
3.00 Plant Health Australia update - Ms Jessica Hartland, Bee Biosecurity Officer, DEDJTR.
3.15 Election of President and two Vice Presidents.
3.30 Afternoon tea - Proudly sponsored by Prestige Stainless Pty. Ltd.
4.00 A pheromone trap to catch queen bees - Prof Ben Oldroyd, The University of Sydney.
4.30 General and deferred business.
5.00 Close.
7.30pm Annual Dinner. Competition presentations and auction.

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