A small, two-storey farm in the Valley View area of south-west Victoria has become a nightmare for its employees and customers.
The family of three said they are desperate to return to their farm as soon as possible.
“They have a huge job that they’re doing, which is a nightmare of hell, so we’re not letting them out of the house,” owner, John and Sally O’Brien, said.
The farm has been in operation since September.
The couple said they received the first notice that their family was no longer allowed to stay at the farm last week.
“The owner told us we were not allowed to go into the house, we had to stay in the back of the car, they didn’t let us leave the house because we had been given permission by the council,” Mr O’Briens said.
“And then we heard a knock at the door, we were on our way out to get something to eat, and the owner rang us saying we were in the wrong house.”
She said ‘we have been issued a warrant by the police’.
“I was in shock, I was in tears, I couldn’t believe it, it was horrible.”
Mr O’Farrell said he had not been told why they were not permitted to leave the farm.
“We were in shock.
We thought it was a little bit silly, but they were issuing warrants,” he said.
He said his family had been out of work since March and the loss of the business meant they were reliant on their friends to help feed their family.
“You can’t go out to dinner without your friend’s help, that’s how much our family depends on them,” he told ABC Radio Victoria.
“When you go out, your family needs to be fed, you need to be in the house with your family, so it’s not like it’s just us, it’s a whole family.”
A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said the warrant was issued on April 1 for the “safety of the occupants” and there was a hearing date of June 7.
“An initial review of the information indicates there is insufficient evidence to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the applicant has contravened the [Queensland] Food Safety and Standards Act,” the spokeswoman said.
Anyone with information about the farm should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.
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