Homeless people 'cleared from the streets' of Melbourne ahead of Australian Open

  • More than a dozen homeless people cleared from outside Flinders Street Station 
  • However just minutes later the homeless camp was put together again nearby 
  • City of Melbourne council want to remove campers illegally set up in its CBD 
  • Move coincides with the start of Australian Open on Monday, January 16

By John Carney for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:32 EST, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 02:56 EST, 11 January 2017

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More than a dozen homeless people were cleared from outside Flinders Street Station on Wednesday as international visitors began to arrive for the Australian Open.

3AW radio station reports that the move was part of the City of Melbourne's continuing incentive to remove campers illegally set up in its CBD -  but they simply moved across the road.

Council and police moved in shortly after 10am on Wednesday, but the group just shifted their belongings to the other side of the footpath, and moments later the camp was set up again. 

A police officer gets some homeless people to move away from outside Flinders Street Station on Wednesday  A police officer gets some homeless people to move away from outside Flinders Street Station on Wednesday 

A police officer gets some homeless people to move away from outside Flinders Street Station on Wednesday 

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has committed to removing the camps and rubbish around the streets in the city's CBD.

On Tuesday, police removed a camp set up underneath Sandridge Bridge which links the CBD to Southbank. 

However Melbourne City Council says there's no link between the event and the clean-up.

The said it was conducting routine clean-up operations and denied that it had anything to do with the Australian Open, which will begin on Monday, January 16.

The Australian Open is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year and will begin on Monday, January 16  The Australian Open is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year and will begin on Monday, January 16 

The Australian Open is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year and will begin on Monday, January 16 

More than a dozen homeless people were cleared off Melbourne's streets (stock image) More than a dozen homeless people were cleared off Melbourne's streets (stock image)

More than a dozen homeless people were cleared off Melbourne's streets (stock image)

'There is no link between our routine and ongoing clean-up operations and any major events occurring in the city,' the council told the ABC.

'Melbourne is Australia's sporting capital and events capital and events occur here on a regular basis.

'City of Melbourne Officers regularly monitor sites that are known to be used by people sleeping rough as a place for shelter, and ensure the areas are kept tidy and do not become detrimental to public amenity or safety.' 

It is not illegal to be homeless or sleep rough on the streets of Melbourne, however it is illegal to camp in a public place. 

A woman sits on the pavement as a woman behind her withdraws money from an ATM in Melbourne (stock image) A woman sits on the pavement as a woman behind her withdraws money from an ATM in Melbourne (stock image)

A woman sits on the pavement as a woman behind her withdraws money from an ATM in Melbourne (stock image)

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