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A Bundaberg environmental science student has been acknowledged for his work helping Indigenous groups produce honey, winning a CQUniversity Opal Award.
Leslie Lowe, a second year student, has had a long interest in creating sustainable hives through the Gabai native bee project, using the knowledge of Indigenous Elders to domesticate bees and to develop propagation and extraction techniques. 'Through my Indigenous background, I was shown the native bee dreaming as a child and became fascinated with their lives during my walkabout years,' he said.
Mr Lowe is now working with the Woorabar elders to promote the native bee industry to the wider community and has designed education packages, working with schools and disadvantaged youth to engage them in the program. Ultimately, he would like to see the project generate a revenue source so the Elders could profit by marketing the bee hives and pollination services to local agriculture, and by extracting native honey and other components.
Source: ABC Indigenous, The Observer