Council abuzz for National Pollinator Week


The work of native bees in pollinating plants will be celebrated in two activities organised by Shellharbour City Council as part of National Pollinator Week from 12 to 19 November.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the event would help bring some of the smallest creatures in the garden into focus.

“Many of our local native flowering plants and edible food plants rely on insects such as native bees for pollination. They provide an invaluable service by assisting plants to set quality fruit and seed,” Cr Saliba said.

“People are often surprised to hear about the amazing diversity of native bees in Shellharbour, such as Blue Banded bees, Teddy Bear bees, Masked bees and Cuckoo bees,” she said.

The first of the two events will be held Monday 13 November at 11am at Warilla Library. Local author, Jody Cauduro will host a special ‘Kids’ Time’ storytelling event featuring her book ‘While Mandy Waited’.

The book is a celebration of the seasons and explains the important role native and honey bees play in supporting the creation of fresh food.

Afterwards, children can enjoy a simple craft activity focusing on our local native Blue Banded bee. This free activity is for children aged three to five and their carers and does not require bookings.

The second event is a free introductory information session at Warilla Library about wild, local, native bees on Wednesday November 15 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

As well as providing a glimpse into some of the different kinds of local native bees, the session will cover the important role native bees play in pollinating plants, and how to attract them into backyards.

Young people aged over 10 years are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Light finger food will be provided and bookings are essential. Email or call 4221 6111. 

Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.