Tasmanian Beekeepers Association
The Tasmanian Beekeepers' Association is the peak body of the Honey Industry in Tasmania. The TBA is managed by an Executive, made up of a President, a Vice President, six Committee Members and up to two delegates from each of the three Branches.
Approximately two-thirds of Tasmania's honey production is from leatherwood blossom. The remainder includes honey types such as clover, blackberry and gum. The leatherwood flow is from early January to April and is the basis of the commercial industry in Tasmania. Leatherwood grows in rainforests in the southern and western areas of the State largely within regions managed and controlled by State Government authorities as either production forests or the World Heritage Area. Leatherwood honey has a strong flavour and particularly distinctive aroma. It is unique to Tasmania and has established a worldwide reputation as a distinct honey type.
Tasmanian Leatherwood honey is seen as an icon for Tasmania's clean green image and food products. It is a natural food harvested from wilderness and wet forest areas that can be linked to other Tasmanian products and Tasmania's branding image. Honey production provides employment across all areas of the State.
Many of the horticultural and small seeds crops grown in Tasmania depend to varying degrees on the honey bee for pollination. The expansion of the seed industry and stone fruit industries will be dependent on viable pollination services.