Melbourne homeless moved on ahead of Australian Open

Melbourne City Council is clearing out more than a dozen homeless people ahead of the Australian Open Tennis Championship. 

Council officers, accompanied by Victoria Police, told a group living outside the busy Flinders Street Station, close to Melbourne Park, to move away on Wednesday morning. 

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

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

However, the council has denied it is to make the area look nicer for the tennis, and are inisisting it a "routine clean-up operation", ABC reports.