The owners of the Melita Honey Farm in Tasmania will have their home auctioned in three weeks after failing to pay their council rates since 2010 because they believe the land is owned by God.
A letter from the owners, the Beerepoot family, to the Meander Valley council earlier this year said: “Council’s world view is that the ‘law of the land’ governs life and thus also provides progress, growth and security. On the other hand, we believe that our Heavenly Father is Sovereign and that He reigns today, thus we worship Him and Him alone so that His will is established on the earth … you are asking us to bow down to a false god which is something we cannot do.”
Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins said the farm’s owners had not made contact with the council since a real estate agent was appointed last month.
“On the first of September at 11am at the council office we will be auctioning the property, presuming they don’t pay all monies that are owned before then,” he said.
“It’s disappointing that we have to go to this extreme to recover rates and that the property owners haven’t been able to come to the realisation that we are serious about what we said we are going to do.”
A further two properties owned by the Beerepoots had their rates paid in June but not the Mole Creek home, known as the Blue Wren Hideaway. It is owned by AM Beerepoot and has been run as a bed and breakfast.
When asked if the family intended to pay the rates before the auction, owner Fanny Beerepoot said “Well, there’s not really much to talk about”.
Meander Valley councillors had resolved to sell the three properties in March when $9332 in rates was outstanding.