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22 Jan 2024
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No honey bees for the foreseeable future
Aged care home makes start on 'hotel' for pollinators
Peninsula leads Coast's night-time economy
Tree group plants 900th tree
Assange petition receives support in Ettalong
Australia Day event at Pearl Beach*
Green Watch was on duty
Search and rescue missions increase by half
Council writes Peninsula out of history
Bridge club holds lessons for beginners
Telstra closes Woy Woy store
Kids and family disco*
Smart Energy talk to be held in Umina
Bushfire survival presentation attracts 150 people
Koala 'song data' could take months to analyse
New Year's resolution
Collection for Easter book fair starts*
CWA members spend a day learning gold embroidery
Mingaletta's school holiday program continues
Reid writes to Ministers about petrol prices
Progress association holds meeting*
Four groups recommended for council grants
Teens rescued from stranded runabout
Child taken to Westmead after near-drowning
Around average rainfall for January
Application made for 'front-to-back' dual occupancy
Dwelling and granny flat proposed in Trafalgar Ave
Plans exhibited for fourth time
Dual four-bedroom units leave half site for landscaping
Council must take action to protect lagoon
Developers not interested in demand for smaller homes
Congratulations on a fine local newspaper
Unexpected service
Telstra store closes without warning or explanation
Behavioural standards needed for Council debt recovery
Phone app adopted to recruit aged care staff
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House concerts to start 2024 folk club program
Author launches third children's water safety book
Patchwork group makes early start
Leading tenor to perform at Arboretum
Kindergarten students meet teacher one-on-one
Uniform shop to open before school resumes
Video footage appears on Department's website
High school starts on February 1 for Year 7 students
Two become bridge grand masters
Woy Woy appoints new women's soccer coach
Boardriders elect committee
Umina takes Rookie point score win
Surf club to hold Bronze Medallion course
Netball association holds coach accreditation workshop
Southern Spirit cricket results
Named as volunteer of the week
Women's cricket results
Cycle group to hold annual meeting
Disabled surfers seek volunteers
Malibu competition next Sunday
Netball club seeks sponsors for 50th anniversary
Alex Wardle stays with the Lions*
Southern and Ettalong seeks WPL players*
Social tennis and bowls scheduled at Pearl Beach
Netball club keeps fees at last year's rates



No honey bees for the foreseeable future

The Peninsula is not likely to have European honey bees for the foreseeable future.

The Peninsula currently has one of the highest varroa mite detection rates in the State, according to the Department of Primary Industry.

The varroa mite has been detected 62 times in the "Patonga Parish", which covers the Peninsula, since June 2022.

"Positive infestations" have been reported in the last three weeks "in nearby Empire Bay and Terrigal".

The Department said there were no projections or expectations for the return of honey bees to the area "at this stage".

"The absence of wild European honey bees in the area is likely a combination of factors," the Department said in a statement to Peninsula News.

These included "the removal of managed hives in the area and the impact that varroa mite is having on the wild European honey bee colonies now that it has established itself across the region."

"There is potential for wild European honey bee populations to decline across NSW as varroa continues to spread nationally."

The area of high detections centred around Gosford now has a similar extent to the Newcastle high detection area, initially the centre of varroa mite infection.

The Department's website states that the focus of the varroa mite response has shifted from eradication to "management".

The aim of the management program is "to work to increase resilience and capacity to manage varroa mite within the Australian honey bee industry".

It would "minimise ongoing impacts of varroa mite naturalisation on the bee industry and pollination-reliant industries".

"This will occur through slowing the spread, building industry resilience, provide management options and supporting pollination security."

Under the management program, the Department no longer requires the mandatory euthanasia of hives.

Where previously prohibited, the management program allows movement of bees, hives and permitted bee feeders out of the Hunter-Central Coast "Management" zone under a Biosecurity Emergency Movement Permit.

More information is available on the Department's website at

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