Berry man John now ready to fight back
By KUE DAVIS
ATWAL'S Berries on Johnsons Road in Sandy Beach was once again the victim of mindless vandalism earlier this week.
John, the owner, came to work at his blueberry farm on Monday morning to find the netting covering his trees spotted with holes.
And much to his disgust, vandals had lobbed bricks from a nearby waste pile onto the netting, leaving gaping holes in the roof of the net - which is vital in protecting his plants.
"It will probably take me a whole day to repair all the holes," said a disgusted John.
"That's a day I could spend on other maintainence work, or picking berries."
"It's really the inconvenience, the time and effort that shouldn't have to be spent.
"I've heard from the neighbours there was a party that night and I get along well with most people, so it just would have been some hooligans having fun with someone else."
John said it wasn't the first time the netting had been damaged by vandals. "I've had people throwing rocks at it before," he said.
"I guess because I'm close to the road, people walking past after parties and things see it as an easy target."