We wish to thank you for having given us the opportunity to serve you. You may have been a customer from way back when we first opened Melita Honey Farm in 2001, or you may have only recently discovered us. However each one of you have been a part of our story, and for that we are most grateful.
The time has now come where this chapter of our story is closing.
On the 30th of June 2020 we will be closing the doors to Melita Honey Farm for the very last time.
We understand that this news may come as a surpise to you, and it is a decision that we have long struggled with… it certainly hasn’t been an easy one - as Melita Honey Farm has been such a major part of our lives for these last 20 years.
Our decision to close is not the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor is it directly related to the various legal challenges that we have been through in the past few years, as these have been largely resolved.
The only reason why we are closing is because the authorities (which include the government, the judiciary and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)) walk in open defiance to the Almighty God, and they have made demands upon us which will require us to do the same.
- Deborah Jenkins, the Deputy Commissioner of the ATO has stated that “the law of God is not to be relied upon, as it is not legislatively valid”.
- Associate Justice Stephen Holt has declared that the Supreme Court of Tasmania no longer recognises that it sits under the authority of the Almighty God.
By holding to these positions, both the ATO and the Supreme Court declare that the law of man, or legislated law, is of higher authority to the law of God.
As Christians we reject this position and can not support this ideology.
Moving forwards, the ATO requires that we return to a state of compliance. By seeking to enforce compliance they are also seeking our validation of their position that the authority of man is above God. This is something that we are unable to do.
We have always considered Melita Honey Farm to be more than our business. It is the mission that God has granted us. It is very much a part of who we are.
The success of Melita Honey Farm is not because of anything special that we have done or are. Rather that which we have experienced is because of our God. He has given us the support to face the difficult times of loss, given us the physical strength to get through the crazily busy days at the height of the Chinese boom, He has been the source of our inspiration and ideas, He has engineered the many fortuitous and seemingly random events in our lives, and yes, we believe that ultimately He is the one who has connected us with you.
We have made mistakes along the way. However it is our faith in God that has given us the strength to do what we do. Melita Honey Farm exists because of who and what our God is to us.
You may share the Christian faith, or you may pray to another God, or you may believe in none. The thing that we share in common is that our strength and ability is ultimately derived from that Power in which we believe and in which we place our trust.
The demands that are being made of us by the ATO are an attempt to enforce us to reject the very thing from which we derive our strength, ability and inspiration.
For this reason alone we have made the decision to exercise the only option available to us at this time - the closure of Melita Honey Farm.
Whilst this has not been an easy decision to take, and it is one that we will be processing for quite some time, we do know that this is the right decision. We are confident that the God who has sustained us and given us this wonderful opportunity over the past 20 years will continue to support us as we start a new chapter in our lives.
Once again, thank you for your support. We will certainly miss serving you.
Both our Chudleigh and our online stores will cease trading at 5pm on Tuesday the 30th of June, 2020.
With Warm Regards,
Remmo, Fanny and Lida Beerepoot