I would be interested in an update on this project.
Some additional factors.
Some Perth Local Governments have a minimum distance from neighbouring property doorways and require a hive location map showing distances from doorways, fences don’t seem to count, this map must be supplied to the Council before approving the keeping of bees.
In my local government district, the minimum distance from a hive to a neighbouring property doorway is 5 metres, irrespective of hive orientation, fences or height differentials.
When upset my bees will chase people off at 10 metres and sometimes even out to 20 metres.
We also have a height differential between my hives and the balcony of 5 metres and when upset if someone leans over the balcony the girls come chasing stinger first, even though the front of the hives face away from the house.
You also need to consider lighting.
At night bees are often attracted to lights. What is the risk of bees entering your or your neighbours’ property after dark? Often they just buzz around the light, however, when they drop dead you have the risk of a primed stinger that can penetrate the bottom of a foot if stepped on.
Also consider sources of water. Swimming pools, spa’s, ponds and water features are all popular spots for bees to water from. If you have bees you are responsible to ensure they have adequate water, unfortunately the bees don’t care about your water source, they will choose whatever suits them at the time.
Last but not least, are any of the neighbours or their friends allergic to bees? No matter if it was one of your bees or not if the neighbour knows you have bees they will blame your bees, especially if they end up in the hospital, or worse.
Please be considerate of neighbours, children and pets as not all properties are suitable for keeping bees.