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Bees play an important role in the balance of nature. They work hard to pollinate plants – agricultural, horticultural and garden - and they make honey. They also have a nasty sting and need to be managed correctly to avoid creating a nuisance on adjoining properties.

If you own one or more hives, you must be a registered beekeeper with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) under the Apiaries Act 1982. You must also be a member of a recognised beekeeper's association that has an approved code of practice for the keeping of bees.

One of the primary limitations to the keeping of bees is the real or perceived interaction between the bee and people who live in or use the surrounding area.

Bee hives must be set up and managed so they do not interfere with the community.

Visit the DAF website to download the Department's Guidelines for beekeeping in Queensland.

For further information or to report bee related issues please contact DAF on 13 25 23.

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