Bee destruction starts and NSW-wide freeze on bee movement from tonight as Varroa threat from Newcastle detPction grows

Ian Kirkwood
By Ian Kirkwood
Updated June 26 2022 - 10:45pm, first published 10:43pm
GROUND ZERO: Merewether amateur beekeeper Nick Radford with one of his hives on Sunday. The detection of a tiny mite, Varroa destructor, in Newcastle means that hives in the immediate region will be destroyed to ensure the global pest does not invade Australia. Picture: Marina Neil

THE NSW government has begun euthanising bees in the Newcastle area after the deadly parasite mite Varroa destructor was found in the Port of Newcastle last Wednesday.

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Ian Kirkwood

Ian Kirkwood

Journalist

Reporting journalist at the Newcastle Herald since 1987. Editorial writer, general reporter, industrial relations, industry and coal.