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Geelong’s City Hall is the first building in Central Geelong to welcome a working bee hive to its rooftop.

Thirty-thousand european honey bees will call City Hall home using the green oasis of Johnstone Park and nearby streets to find food and nectar to create organic honey, which will be sold by Surfcoast Honey.

The honey bees are expected to start producing honey for harvest this spring and it is hoped they will produce between 10–25 kg of honey per year.

There has been a dramatic decline in global bee populations over the past decade. Bees play a critical role in our agricultural system and if they were to stop pollinating, about one third of all human food staples would no longer be available.

Known for their flying skills, honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 25 km/hr while beating their wings 200 times per second and will travel up to five km in one round trip to source food.