The Gippsland Apiarist Association (GAA) was formed with 3 founding members in 1963. Namely Bill Cane, Bill Roderick was the Secretary from Bairnsdale and Bob Archibald from Dingley. There were originally only 16 members in the club. Marie Fish designed the GAA logo that forms part of our identity and is seen on both our Website and Newsletter banners.
The club was formed because the Australian Honey Board was going to bring in an export levy and the beekeepers were against it. They formed the association to have a voice for beekeepers, and over the years have fought for the rights of beekeepers ever since.
Some members are commercial apiarists as well as very experienced hobbyists with an immense amount of knowledge. Not only does the club have a depth of information and experience in apiary management but also in the environment, organic methods and many associated skills.
These beekeepers are keen to pass on their skills and knowledge and happy to show new beekeepers the best methods to put into place to run a successful beekeeping hobby. Its also a platform for the commercial beekeepers to discuss management methods and learn from each other.
The quarterly newsletter endeavours to pass on some of this information. Field Days are also organised by the club as well as visiting the Field Days put on by other clubs.
Recently the GAA has supported a new branch in the Leongatha area called the South Gippsland Branch, who have already attracted 65 new members and growing. We welcome new members to both the GAA and the South Gippsland Branch clubs.
Beekeeping has made a huge resurgence in interest recently, so by putting up this website the GAA hope to provide information to all those interested in beekeeping. The GAA try to provide mentoring from Master beekeepers to new members who wish to learn. Help is also provided in the Newsletter, by phone and email. Questions are answered to those that send them in from this Website.
Click on the link below to open a 1 page Word document Membership Form to join the GAA.