Robina Group alumni produces award-winning honey and we’re loving it
Long-time Robina Group staff member (now retired) Bridget Robertson is now living the acreage dream at Mudgeeraba – still so close to everything Robina has to offer. As a lover of gardening and the outdoors, it was a natural fit for her to also start beekeeping and natural honey production.
When we asked Bridget why she wanted to try her hand at beekeeping, she said, “beekeeping has always been an interest to me and it only became a possibility when I moved to acreage.
“I have lived on the Gold Coast for 33 years. The Mudgeeraba and Robina areas are renowned for producing excellent honey. Living close to Robina is an added advantage due to having all the amenities on our doorstep.
“Bees are amazing – not only pollinating our fruit and vegetables, they produce delicious natural raw honey. Having bees in our area guarantees the pollination of our flora.”
We’re all huge fans of Bridget’s tasty Narrabundah Honey in the insideR office, so we decided to spread the word on the good spread.
As repeat customers (our kids cant get enough of it), the insideR crew all just love the flavour of Narrabunda Honey. Bridget says this is because she has many different species of native trees on her property including ironbarks, paper barks, grey gums, wattles and tea trees, all of which her European Honey Bees love.
We asked Bridget what advice she had for other people wanting to try their hand at beekeeping, “approach a Beekeeping Club. They will help and give all the information required on the procedures for setting up a new hive. Also, make contact with other experienced beekeepers”.
Bridget’s hive produces approximately 30 kilos of honey every two months during the warm weather.
It is not just us that love the flavourful sweetness Narrabundah Honey. It won first place in the prestigious Mudgeeraba Show in 2018. Narrabundah Honey is available from Bridget’s property in Mudgeeraba, or can be ordered via firstname.lastname@example.org. A 500gm squeeze bottle is $6 and a 1 kg bucket is $10.
We ask what’s next for this entrepreneurial go-getter, “I am now venturing into making Beeswax wraps. This is an exciting project as I am contributing to an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic use”.
“I am also recorded on Gold Coast City’s database for their Native Bee Scheme, however this community initiative is currently only a proposal. A decision will be made when the 2019/20 budget is implemented.”
The Gold Coast City Local Residents Bee Scheme proposal for Native Bee initiative, initiated by Mayor Tom Tate, was advertised by a number of media outlets earlier this year for an opportunity to apply for a reimbursement of a proportion of the cost of a bee hive. This would be a wonderful project to increase awareness of the important role native bees play in our environment.