Since, that start of the Association on 20th September 1979, The Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeper’s Society inc. has relied on the generosity of its members, to host monthly meetings, there have been several attempts in the past to try and procure a fixed location to base our operations, all have not materialised.
Thanks must go to Kathy Knox, who in 2018 secured grant funding in the amount of $35,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Round 97, this along with funds held by the association through fundraising and the saving efforts of previous management committee’s paved the way to the position we are in today. The Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeper’s Society inc. has matched the grant funding, allocating $40,000 of its own funds into this project.
On the 16th March 2020, thru the efforts of Rachael Kubinski, a letter of proposed collaboration was send to the Nerang Country Paradise Association inc (NCPA) expressing an interest in facilitating an educational space on a parcel of land at Country Paradise Parklands managed by the NCPA in relation to the keeping of Honey Bees.
Development Approval for the clubhouse was obtained on the 24 November 2020.
On the 3rd of December 2020, A Deed of Licence between Council of the City of Gold Coast and The Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeper’s Society inc. was signed.
A building contract was entered into with The Shed Company (Gold Coast) on 25 March 2021.
On the 28th May 2021, a further grant of $35,000 was obtained through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Round 108 to improve the clubhouse fitout.
Building Approval, was obtained on 21 June 2021, the winter solstice. So, like the bees construction will commence shortly.
3D rendering of the proposed building