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October Connect and Learn

25 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table

Native Bees

Presented by Russell Zabel

Monday 25 October 2021  –  6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Level 3 Community Rooms, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba

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Bookings are Essential

This is a COVID-safe event and we’ll ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained. It’s essential that you book so that we have contact details and know how many will be attending.

If this event is fully booked we’ll offer a wait list. So if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.

6.15 pm – Connect – Doors Open

Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table. Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 7.45 pm after the LEARN session.

6.30 pm – Learn – Native Bees

Presented by Russell Zabel

Russell Zabel will talk to us about keeping Australian stingless native bees and the many benefits of attracting bees into our food gardens.

Russell began honey bee keeping when he was eight.  By 17, he was keeping 90 colonies.  During this time he collected the occasional native bee colony; however his interest in native bees began in 1988 after an article in the local paper about research into splitting native bee colonies in a box.  After starting carpentry in 1974 he became a TAFE building teacher in 1984.  He has a bachelor degree in Education and Building Surveying.

After leaving work in 2012, he and Janine have devoted their full time to their native bee business.  They have lived and worked in remote locations helping the local aborigines understand native bees. The Zabels currently manage over 950 colonies (many of these are on the properties of ROGI members) as well as 200 colonies of honey bees.  Russell’s hobby is growing staghorn and elkhorn ferns.

Russell and Janine have commenced beekeeping workshops at their property at Hatton Vale.  Their bee workshops are now live and ready to book.  Go to https://zabel.com.au/australian-stingless-native-bees/bee-workshops/

Keepers of Australian Stingless Native Bees

3597 Warrego Highway, Hatton Vale, Queensland, Australia, 4341

7.45 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table

A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan options).

Sharing of produce opens after the presentation to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.


Free off-street parking is available under the library (enter from Victoria Street).


The venue has access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers as needed.  Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).

We hope we see you there!


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
  • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
  • Non-Members – $10 per person
  • Children attending with parents – Free


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due for renewal in December each year. If you join now, membership fees are pro rata (1/2 price for 1/2 year), so it’s now only $20 per person or $15 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.

If you join now, membership will be valid right through until the end of 2021 and members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost.

Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/.

There’s also an option to join and pay via checkout for this event.


During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe.  This includes:

  • Physical distancing will be maintained.
  • Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently been in a hot spot area.

Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.

Share Table

Do you have surplus?

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.


25 October
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Level 3, Toowoomba City Library
155 Herries and Victoria Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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