MP: Scrap the bee lock out before it cripples local crop industry
THE lock-out of bee keepers from operating in national parks should be scrapped before it destroys a vital sector of Gympie’s horticultural industries.
Gympie MP Tony Perrett said an urgent review was needed to the proposed closure of access to the parks at the end of 2024 before it destroys Queensland’s horticultural industry which is worth tens of millions of dollars.
“Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 bee keeping will be banned from 2025 so I have written to both the Minister for Agriculture, Bill Byrne, and Minister for National Parks, Steven Miles, seeking an extension to the deadline or abolishing the decision altogether,” Mr Perrett said.
“When it was enacted bee keepers were promised that the government would find alternative sources.
“Horticulture and small crops industry will struggle to survive without the bee keepers who work side by side with them ensuring that crops such as strawberries, avocadoes, watermelon and macadamias are pollinated.
“More than 65% of all Australia’s food sources are reliant on bee pollination and the industry’s value to the broader Queensland economy is estimated to be worth $1 billion from pollination services and $35 million to the honey industry.
“The government needs to urgently review this policy which could devastate local beekeeping families and workers, our horticultural industries, and have a detrimental impact on the health of our local economy,” he said.