Hi all. We’ve recently downsized from a 70 acre property to a house on the outskirts of a small, Barossa Valley town. As a result, I’ve also had to re-jig my bees. I used to keep 5 traditional hives, but no longer have those and now have our first Flow Hive 2.
Today, we picked up our nucleus from a local beekeeper who was extremely helpful but he did say that in South Australia, it is illegal to have foundation-less frames. He also stated that there had been fines issued via PIRSA (Primary Industries and Resources South Australia), locally based on people stating they have Flow Hives on their Beekeeping Registration and Identification Code form. Basically, he said he knew of local people who had been fined after PIRSA received their forms, saw that they had a Flow Hive and then carried out an on-site inspection. He personally knew of someone who had received such a fine.
As for legislation, all I can find is -
13AA.A person shall not keep bees in a hive other than a frame-hive. Penalty:—for a first offence—$500.
Which basically says you need to keep bees in a frame hive, which I would assume foundation-less is.
I’m confused, and now a little concerned! Can anyone clarify this situation for me? He said their justification for this law was that frames need to be easily removed for inspection by either the owner, or PIRSA. Foundation-less frames can make this more difficult.