Bee­keeper dies in rollover

Countryman - - NEWS - Cally Dupe

The WA honey in­dus­try is mourn­ing the loss of well-known honey pro­ducer Stephen Davies who died in a truck rollover last Wed­nes­day.

Mr Davies, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Davies Api­aries, was one of two peo­ple trav­el­ling in a truck filled with bees when it rolled on Newde­gateRaven­sthorpe Road about 3.45am.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the ac­ci­dent about 4.30am but Mr Davies could not be saved.

A third-gen­er­a­tion bee­keeper, Mr Davies served as the WAFarm­ers Bee­keep­ers Coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent and founded the WA Honey Re­search De­vel­op­ment Group.

In June, Mr Davies opened a $1.1 mil­lion honey pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity at Davies Api­aries’ Ol­bury fa­cil­ity.

WAFarm­ers re­leased a state­ment this week which said it was deeply sad­dened by the death of the in­dus­try stal­wart. “Stephen was ab­so­lutely piv­otal to the de­vel­op­ment of the WA api­ary in­dus­try and was the driv­ing force be­hind a lot of re­search con­ducted,” it said.

“He de­vel­oped the WA Honey Re­search De­vel­op­ment Group, which was re­cently awarded fund­ing for three re­search projects to be jointly man­aged be­tween WAFarm­ers and ChemCen­tre.

“To all who knew him, Stephen was a pas­sion­ate and proac­tive in­di­vid­ual who had a can-do at­ti­tude and was will­ing to do the hard yards to get a job done.”

The road was closed un­til the truck and the bees were moved.

Mr Davies is sur­vived by his wife Shara, son Robert and daugh­ter Louise.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

WA honey pro­ducer Stephen Davies, who died in a truck rollover last week, has been de­scribed as a pas­sion­ate and proac­tive in­di­vid­ual.

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