The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is pleased to learn that the team behind the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade is sponsoring an environmental initiative to help students learn about the cultural and environmental importance of native bees.
“A number of stingless native bee hives, which were originally located along the upgrade route, have been relocated by local apiarist and teacher Steve Maginnity,” Mr Fraser said.
“The joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan, which is working with the RTA to design and build the upgrade, is sponsoring a program which will see hives temporarily located at six local high schools to give students an opportunity to learn about the unique insects.
“Native bees are significant not only to our environment, but to Aboriginal culture,” Fraser said.
A number of Coffs Harbour high schools are participating in the program, as well as universities and a TAFE in the region.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade for the generous contribution they are making to schools and the community,” Steve Maginnity said.
“Knowledge, conservation and understanding of native bees is important in order to continue to benefit from their presence in our environment,” Mr Maginnity said.
“At the end of the program the bee hives will be returned to Mr Maginnity’s care,” Mr Fraser concluded.