Residents in a Broadbeach street say they are fed up after a man set up camp in their street, dumping his possessions outside their homes.
The man, understood to be homeless, has had his unregistered van parked in Brittania Ave for over a month, angering locals who claim their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
Bicycles, a barbecue and even a fridge have ended up in front of residents’ homes, with the man padlocking his possessions to power poles and trees in the street.
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At one stage there were at least seven bikes chained to the pole.
Under Queensland law it is an offence to leave a vehicle parked on the roadway or a footpath once the vehicle registration has expired.
The street also has a three-hour parking limit but so far the man has managed to avoid any parking inspectors.
One resident, who didn’t want to be named, says it’s gone too far.
“He’s taking the p**s now. He’s just dumped his stuff out the front of our place and made himself at home. It’s beyond a joke.” the resident told myGC.
The man has told residents that he’s doing nothing wrong and has no plans to move.
He says he’s fallen on hard times after being evicted from a nearby home.
It’s understood he is very well known to Police but has refused offers of assistance.
Some of the man’s possessions were recently set alight forcing residents to grab garden hoses to put the blaze out.
That fire happened the night before a disused toilet block at the Broadbeach Soccer Club, a known homeless haunt, was also set alight, sparking fears of a turf war in the suburb.
“I’m worried about what might happen next. Someone might torch his van then we’ll have a big fire in the street,” the resident said.
Residents also say they are regularly woken in the early hours of the morning by the man rummaging through his van.
It’s not clear whether the man is actually sleeping in his van.
Neighbours say they have complained to Police and Council but nothing has been done.
Police have reportedly told them it is a Council issue at this stage.
A Council spokesperson has confirmed a complaint was received about a man illegally camping on a road in Broadbeach and officers investigated the matter.
“Officers provided advice and guidance on Council’s local laws to the gentleman concerned.
“The City continues to work with specialist homelessness services to connect residents with support wherever possible.”
Council says no further complaints have been received since.