Phoebe Havyatt, Byron Bay
A few months back, a small Banksia tree fell at the edge of the firebreak near the Cowper St pathway to the beach. A pretty red-leafed vine was growing on it, and attached to that was a large active beehive, buzzing with bees. Somehow, it fell in a way that saved the hive, which was suspended only a couple of inches from the grassy ground.
On Sunday, I had a look at it with my grandson but on Monday was dismayed to see large tyre marks on the slope leading up to where the hive was and the vine and hive now a tangled, broken mess in a pile.
The tyre tracks were similar to ones where the Council slasher had been working not far away, behind Marvell Hall on the same day.
It disturbs me greatly that in this day and age, when there is so much information out there on the importance of bees and the need to keep them flourishing, that such an act could take place.
Why was a beekeeper not brought in to remove the hive to a less public place if the possibility of a member of the public being stung was at issue here?
And if it was an act done by a Council drone (worker, not camera), how is it that there is so much disconnect between our predominantly green Council and its workers?