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Hello from Newcastle Australia

just wondering if there is anyone else local to me ??

Lots of people!!! :smile:

Sorry, I have a wicked sense of humour. OK, I know you probably mean Flow hive beekeepers. I am sure I have seen others mention Newcastle, but the are tons of forum members in NSW, so you should have plenty of sensible replies here. :blush:


Thanks Dawn, nothing wrong with a good sense of humour, it makes joining a group more fun. I’m only new to beekeeping although I did do a fair bit of research before I took the plunge. Just need to pick the brains of the locals to see if I need to worry about my hive (bit of an overthinker here). cheers.


If you use the search tool at the upper right (magnifying glass thingy) and type in Newcastle, you will find a lot of posts from locals. Just type in their screen name into a message, with an @ symbol in front of it, like @Helga, and the forum will let them know you want to chat.

Oh, thanks for the tip :slight_smile:

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Hi! i am in newcastle!

Hi, how long have you been keeping bees? I’m very new and would like to find out how best to look after my hive with local knowledge.

Sorry Helga - I have only just seen this message! I am very new as well! I only got my bees in March so I am still learning as well. I am in Lake Maquarie and am open to connecting! Where are you based?

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I’m sure KimM would love to meet up with you and you maybe help each other along the way, she is at Lake Macquarie too. It can be a big help having 2 pairs of eyes and being able to work along together can be a real confidence boost too.
Cheers, Peter

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Hi Helga,
Sorry to be a long time replying. I’m in Woodrising down on Lake Mac.
Peter48 mentioned me but the ‘she is at Lake Mac’ should be ‘he is…’ My whiskers are a bit of a giveaway. :slight_smile:

I joined up with the local beekeeper group at the botanical gardens out at Heatherbrae and found some very helpful people.



Sorry Kim for assuming you are a lass. Funny how many of us guys who are bee keepers tend not to shave regularly. :smiley::smiley:

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Sorry I missed your message. I’m at Fletcher and happy to connect. I’ve only had my hive since early December 2018, so not quite a year. Had lots of troubles and hoping we’ve turned a corner and looking to put my super back on now numbers have recovered next week. Look forward to hearing from you. :slight_smile:

Hi Kim, good to hear from you. I’m in Fletcher so not too far away. I am looking to join up with the group at Heatherbrae also, just haven’t got round to it. Think I will get on to that this week though. Thanks.

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Hi Helga,
the meetings are on the 4th sunday each month - I think it’s 10am. I’ve only been to one as I’m often away but there were 40 to 50 people there on a cold July morning.

There is also a list of mentors on the site. When you join up you get access to the list. I introduced myself before the meeting closed and asked if there were mentors etc and several people came to speak with me afterwards - including somebody I’d worked with out at Bathurst about fifteen years ago.

The club is local but is part of the national association, so it’s a matter of joining both at the same time.

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Hi. I’m in Aberglasslyn. Only new myself to Honey Bees, I also have native stingless Sugarbag Bees


Welcome to the forum Craig a really helpful and friendly bunch of folks here, A mixed bag of types of bee hives and some interested in sting-less native bees too.