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Samaritan sweetens vandalism

A grateful Haydon Burford (left), of First Sun Employment, with beehives donated by Colin McMaster, of Federal. david nielsen
A grateful Haydon Burford (left), of First Sun Employment, with beehives donated by Colin McMaster, of Federal. david nielsen David Nielsen

WHILE last week’s story of beehives being smashed by thoughtless vandals on trail bikes at Evans Head left a sting, The Northern Star is glad to report the kindness of another beekeeper has helped bring about a happy ending.

Beekeeper Colin McMaster, of Federal, read about the damage to First Sun Employment’s new project that would have helped provide jobs for local indigenous people through the harvesting and sale of medicinal honey.

“I happened to have 10 boxes and frames that I don’t use,” he said.

“The wife said I should ring them and offer them to the group.

“It’s pretty sad if you can’t help someone, especially when I’ve got excess stock and am not using them.”

Mr McMaster couldn’t believe that people could be so wilful in their damage of other people’s property.

“There are some idiots out there,” he said.

“I was hoping they had fallen off their bikes and the bees got ’em,” he said.

Haydon Burford, of First Sun Employment, is thrilled with the kind offer from Mr McMaster.

“It’s renewed my faith in humanity again,” he said. “We should have everything restored, up and running again, in a month.”

Mr Burford said the group would be increasing security around the area in the hope there would be no more vandalism.

“We will be placing a large sign advising that permission will be needed to come on the land,” he said.

“I’m hoping that this story and the sign will prick the conscience of the morons that created all the damage.”



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