Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

,CyLike a Refugee Camp'; Picnic Point Landowner Finds Little Help to ,Cymove On' Homeless Man

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

,CyLike a Refugee Camp'; Picnic Point Landowner Finds Little Help to ,Cymove On' Homeless Man

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom Kathy.Sundstrom@scnews.com.au

TED McLean doesn't want to appear like a heartless Scrooge, but the Maroochydore unit owner has had enough of a homeless man creating a "refugee camp" in the park in front of his prime waterfront unit.

For the past couple of weeks, Mr McLean has been "shoved from pillar to post" while trying to get some authority to take responsibility for removing the "eye-sore" to another area.

He's contacted the council, the Maroochydore police, Brisbane police and even health authorities with his concerns about the elderly homeless man who has been making the Picnic Point park his home between 10pm and 10am for "about two months".

"I felt sorry for him initially and thought he would move on. But he didn't," Mr McLean said.

"He's been sleeping on the food benches outside as they are undercover. When the wind got up, his blankets and tarps went up.

"I felt sorry for him, but to be confronted with this every morning... it's an eye-sore. This a picnic area, not a camping ground.

"This is a lovely area, there are no hoons, no jet skis Co it is such a lovely area."

Mr McLean said he understood the man Co who has long been known as a Maroochydore homeless person Co was "well-educated" and "refuses assistance or help".

"It is such a shame there (appears to be) no government funding for him or accommodation, but he is a blight on the area. Tourists will see it and it creates a bad image. It is very disturbing to come out on my balcony and see that Co it looks like a refugee camp."

He said the man had "spread himself out on top of the table where people consume food", which was one of the reasons he had called the health department.

"At night he puts up blankets on the supports (above the food tables), it looks like he's put up a tent."

Mr McLean was "pleased to say" the homeless man hadn't been in the park for the past two nights and "all his belongings in the shopping trolleys are no longer there". …

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