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Bees, chooks and veges for Clunes Preschool

The hive joins a list of items installed at the preschool over the last nine months, including a chicken coop and vegetable garden, using funding from the 2015 Community Grants Scheme.

Clunes Preschool director Melinda Gambley said they had been looking for an opportunity to embed sustainability into the running of the centre.

"We really want the children to interact with the bees regularly," she said.

"And the garden and chickens as well.

"Our funding is a real challenge so we rely on these small grants to do enhancements to the preschool."

Frank Adcock from Nashua Native Bees installed the native hive yesterday.

Frank Adcock from Nashua Native Bees delivers a hive to students from Clunes preschool, from left, Nevaeh Laurie, 4, Emma Scholz, 4 (back), Tatiana Vaupel, 4, and Charlie McClements, 3.
Frank Adcock from Nashua Native Bees delivers a hive to students from Clunes preschool, from left, Nevaeh Laurie, 4, Emma Scholz, 4 (back), Tatiana Vaupel, 4, and Charlie McClements, 3. Cathy Adams

He said keeping a hive was low maintenance and encouraged healthy plants and bird life.

"These bees are good for schools because kids are often allergic to bee stings, but there's no problem with these ones," he said.

"Their honey is not for toast, it's a flavouring.

"It's great on fish or prawn cutlets, it really brings out the flavour."

He said the stingless bees produced pot honey, not comb, producing at a rate of about 1kg of honey a year.

Applications for the 2016/17 Community Grants Scheme opens on April 18, with interested parties invited to attend a free information session on April 14.

Lismore City Council has more than $100,000 to share between community organisations in the local government area.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community projects.

"We know that community groups can often use a small sum of money to implement projects that have far-reaching impacts," the council's partnering and community engagement officer Flora Zigterman said.

"We urge all community groups with good ideas and a passion for improving this area to apply."

For more information and to apply, visit www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.

To register for the information session on April 14, call Ms Zigterman on 1300 87 83 87.

The native stingless bees are in high demand, but anyone interested in installing a hive on their property could call Nashua Native Bees on 0412 174 391 or visit www.aussiebee.com.au.

Topics:  environment lismore preschool sustainability vegetable garden



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