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AHBIC Varro Update, 450 days of response

DATE: 15 September 2023


Current infected premises are 277 across the state of NSW.

Since AHBIC’s last Industry Update, there have been several additional detections confirmed by NSW DPI, which have extended the Kempsey cluster, extended the detections on almonds in Nericon, Balranald, Euroley, extensions west and south of Central Coast and Newcastle cluster with RED and PURPLE extensions reaching into the Sydney Basin in Vineyard and McGraths Hill.

There are also additional RED and PURPLE zones in new locations linked to traces from Kempse, which are in Barcoongere, north of Coffs Harbour, Western and Southern New England region in Harparary, Cuttabri and Somerton.


Varroa mite has NOT been found in Victoria.

Two PURPLE zone extensions into Victoria remain in place.

AgVIC are operating under the Victorian Control Area Order.

All Victorian beekeepers are reminded to report their mandatory alcohol washes through the BeeMAX portal

A temporary pause on permits for movements from NSW into VIC have been implemented while the risks associated with the recent detections in the NSW General Emergency Zone (GEZ) are assessed.

CCEPP meeting

AHBIC continually updates its member bodies and seeks their advice regarding major decisions to guide the AHBIC executive.

The member bodies have been divided as to the continuation of eradication until recently.

The recent detections have caused the majority of member bodies to recommend transitioning the response to management.

The AHBIC executive has listened to the member bodies and resolved to advocate in this direction.

AHBIC’s position at the CCEPP and NMG meetings has changed from representing a divided opinion to strongly advocating for a transition to management.

Industry Impact

AHBIC recognises the complex pressure that the honey bee industry is currently experiencing.

We commend beekeepers who have cooperated with the response, especially several who have dedicated staff and their own time to assist with urgent apiary work to be completed across NSW, including on almond orchards.

It is especially important as an industry to check in on our fellow beekeepers wherever they may operate as we navigate through these challenging events together.

AHBIC encourages reaching out to registered organisations that are trained and well-placed to provide confidential support across a range of services, not limited to beekeepers in zones.

Varroa Response Resilience Officers

Jamie Perry-Meijer – Ph: 0477 544 379 or  

Jodie Magner – Ph: 0477 070 453 or  

Disaster Recovery Health Assistance

A local service for the Kempsey area, can assist beekeepers with accessing a range of support services. Phone: 0498 470 435,Email:

Rural Financial Councillor

Help to apply for Farm Household Allowance where eligible, and assistance to manage and adjust to the challenges of industry change. Phone: 0477 343 663


Drought Angels Financial Assistance

For eligible primary producers, may be able to provide some financial assistance.

Phone: 07 4622 7371

Rural Aid Financial and Counselling Support

For eligible applicants, may be able to provide some financial assistance. Ph: 1300 327 24


Beyondblue offers online counselling, support and referrals. The website provides information relating to depression and anxiety disorders, as well as options for treatment, recovery and staying well.  Phone: 1300 22 46 36

Lifeline Confidential

crisis support is available via phone, text or online chat.  Phone: 13 11 14  Lifeline

Text: 0447 13 11 14  Lifeline online chat:  

NSW Mental Health

Line  A mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people. 

Phone: 1800 011 511

You can reach out to AHBIC via: Varroa Coordinator Bianca Giggins / 0402 467 780

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