VFF's beekeeping president Gavin Jamieson said there are more tough times may be ahead for beekeepers with areas not expected to flower for years.
A good incentive to nurture the bees in your area by planting as many appropriate flowers as you can.
Another good idea to eliminate using poisons in the garden as these can really hammer bees and other 'good' insects.
Australia's chemical regulator is looking at whether labels on neonicitinoid insecticides should be made clearer, as part of ongoing research into the effect of the common pesticides on bees.
Meanwhile, let's do what we can ti support these vital creatures.