Queensland Beekeepers' Association Inc

Annual State Conferences & Annual General Meetings

Each year the Queensland Beekeepers' Association hosts a State Conference and Annual General Meeting. These events are hosted across Queensland, taking our members to regional locations, major metropolitan centres, and occasionally remote rural locations. 

Each year, our QBA branches take turns at hosting this event. This years conference will take place in Toowoomba at the Clifford Park Racecourse (Toowoomba Turf Club) between Thursday 15th of June and Friday 16th of June 2023. The QBA Annual Dinner is also a great event on the calendar. This year the QBA Toowoomba Branch have secured Mr 'Chad Morgan' as our evening entertainer. Guest will enjoy a delicious three course meal that highlights local Queensland produce followed by an enjoyable evening of entertainment provided by Chad. 

In 2023, the QBA has been incredibly fortunate to secure Professor Cameron Jack from the University of Florida to speak in person at our event. Dr Jack will cover topics related to varroa mite and small hive beetle. More specifically he'll present a number of talks covering what is varroa?,  understanding the biology and lifecycle of varroa, and explore the implications to industry and subsequent consequences of living with the mite. 

Although the QBA continues to strongly advocate for eradication of varroa mite, we are aware with many newcomers to our industry there is a sizable disconnect in understanding the mite. Our board has made a conscious decision to provide our sector with an opportunity to listen to and learn from one of the world's leading experts in the field of varroa. Make no mistake, the 2023 QBA State Conference and Field day will be the only opportunities to listen to Dr Jack in person and learn from the outcomes of the research he's been involved in to increase beekeepers awareness of the serious and potentially catastrophic nature of varroa mite. 

If you haven't seen our video announcement relating to Dr Jack's visit to Queensland see the video at the top of this page or click here to watch it and other video content from the QBA. 

Our conferences are a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals, learn from the research and industry development specialists who continue to push the boundaries to support our sector to build strong, healthy and happy bees, and your chances to speak with beekeeping trade specialists who provide a hands on look into the latest innovations in beekeeping equipment and supplies.  

Following on from our two jam packed days at the conference, the Toowoomba Branch of the QBA will host our annual field day on Saturday the 17th of June 2023 at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. Planning for this event is currently underway and it is certain to be a great day out for anyone who has a passion for honey bees, beekeeping, beekeeping equipment, trade suppliers, field equipment, market stalls and more. 

If you're a beekeeping trade supplier, please contact Marina at the Toowoomba Branch of the QBA via email qbatoowoomba@gmail.com . Marina will be co-ordinating the event and will be more than happy to assist you in securing a stand at the field day. Due to the dramatic increase in beekeeping registrations, we're anticipating a sizable crowd interested in attending this event. 

General admission tickets for the field day are available at the entry gate on arrival. Ticket prices are $10.00 per person with children under 16 free. 

So ensure you mark June 15th, 16th and 17th in your calendar. Bee sure to register to attend our conference today (see the event information below) as tickets are selling quickly and join us in Toowoomba to experience 3-days of buzz for yourself.

Note: if you've never attended one of our conferences or field day explore the gallery below. The photos are a collection of the events we've hosted in 2021 and 2022. We're looking forward to snapping more memories in 2023 to add to this expanding collection. 

Upcoming events

    • 15 June 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 June 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Clifford Park - Toowoomba Turf Club, Toowoomba Queensland
    • 107

    The Executive Board of the Queensland Beekeepers' Association Inc is delighted to announce our 2023 State Conference and 119th Annual General Meeting will take place at the Toowoomba Turf Club (Clifford Park Racecourse) between Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of June 2023.

    Registrations for QBA members opens early February 2023. Members will be advised of the specific registration opening date via email. 

    General registration opens March 2023. Please check our website (www.qbabees.org.au) and our social media pages for more information. 

    Did you know the QBA is hosting Professor Cameron Jack from the University of Florida? 

    Dr Jack is internationally known for his extensive research background specialising in varroa mite and small hive beetle. If you haven't seen our Key Note Speaker Announcement yet click here to visit our YouTube channel. 

    The QBA 2023 Annual Sponsorship Prospectus is out now.

    Click here to learn more about our sponsorship options.

    Our sponsorship programs provide much of the income that supports our advocacy, representation and education programs. To discuss our sponsorship options with one of our team, please contact info@qbabees.org.au

    We are working to finalise our conference agenda and will endeavour to have it published online in the coming month. The agenda and speakers list will be published here and via email. 

    For any inquiries please email info@qbabees.org.au

    Registration Payments:

    All payments are to be finalised by close of business Friday 19th May 2023.

    We can accept bank cheques, personal cheques and bank transfer as payment for conference registrations.

    *All registrations with outstanding payments will be cancelled as of Saturday 27th May 2023.

    Refunds - All requests for refunds (after the 19th May 2023) will be considered by the executive of the QBA Management with the committee's decision final. Requests for refunds must be emailed to the QBA State Secretary in writing. 

    Click here to review the rules and conditions for this event. 

    Thank you again for completing your registration to attend our event. We're looking forward to seeing you at Conference 2023!

    • 17 June 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM
    • Toowoomba Showgrounds

    The 2023 QBA Toowoomba Field Day is an event not to be missed if your new to beekeeping or you've been around the buzz for a few years.
    Mark this great event on your calendar now.
    Don't miss the extensive array of beekeeping suppliers, educational talks, Q&A panels, market stalls and so much more.
    The 2023 QBA State Conference Key Note Speaker Professor Cameron Jack from the University of Florida will be stopping by mid-morning to provide a presentation relevant to understanding the enemy (varroa mite).
    This is a community event and we welcome beekeepers and bee lovers alike to join us en masse at the true source of Queensland's sweetness.
    Tickets are available at the gate. Just $10.00 per person (children under 16 free).
    It is set to be a bee-autiful day out for the entire family in the Garden City of Queensland.
    Exhibitors are asked to express their interest in hosting a stand or stall at this event. Please contact Marina from QBA Toowoomba via email at qbatoowoomba@gmail.com
     Bee there or  square.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software