WA Fact Sheet: Compatibility of management objectives on public lands and beekeeping

  • Published: 26 Mar 2015

  • Author(s): Salvin, S

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Public land is an important resource for Western Australian beekeepers, particularly during the crucial periods of hive build up prior to and post pollination. Whilst beekeepers derive a direct benefit from accessing this resource, pollination-reliant industries also derive substantial indirect benefits from such access.

The management objectives for public land in Western Australia are defined in the legislation under which the land tenure has been established and/or in specific plans of management. Public land is typically managed to meet a range of community, recreational, educational, commercial and conservation objectives.

The compatibility of beekeeping on public lands is largely determined by the anticipated impact that the activity will have on the other prescribed uses. In some cases, public land sought by beekeepers in Western Australia will be subject to few competing uses such as pastoral leases, which increases the chance of complying with management objectives.