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Beekeeping: the latest buzz

Bondi is abuzz with interest in sustainable workshops, with a new native beekeeping workshop for eastern suburbs residents filling up in record time.

The classes are run at Barrett House, a sustainable demonstration venue, co-ordinated by Randwick City, Woollahra and Waverley councils.

The councils have joined forces to form the tri-council Ecological Footprint Program, which oversees initiatives like Barrett House, offering community members the opportunity to see working examples of sustainability that they can implement in their own homes.

City East Community College, which administers enrolments for the classes, has noted growing interest in courses with a sustainable focus, from composting and worm farming to bicycle maintenance.

Angel Nunley, assistant principal at the college, said the free sustainability courses run in partnership with the Footprint program always fill up fast.

“It is great to see that our area has such a keen interest in these important issues,” she said.

Lance Lieber, organiser for Transition Sydney, a group focused on supporting local sustainable action, said the sustainability workshops offered through the tri-council program were “fantastic”. But he emphasised more needs to be done to boost community awareness.

“In the Waverley Council area there are over 65,000 residents, so two or three composting classes each month are not enough to educate and engage everyone in the community,” Mr Lieber said.

“We need to be pouring more money into initiatives like the urban beekeeping workshops so that class numbers can be increased and more people can get through them.”

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