Neighbors demand that elderly couple take down Australian flag they’ve had outside their home for 20 years because it’s an ‘eyesore’ – but they’d rather go to Jail
- The Sunshine Coast couple said they had to remove the Australian flag from their backyard
- Their property corporation claims they are violating statutes by flying flag
- But the couple refuses to remove the flag they’ve been flying for over 20 years
An elderly couple have said they would rather go to jail than take down the Australian flag flying in their yard amid a bitter feud with neighbors who want the flag removed after complaining that it is an eyesore .
Julie and Vaughan McLeod have displayed the national flag in the backyard of their home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for over two decades.
“Nobody comes here to remove it,” Mrs. McLeod said A current affair
‘At my age I don’t care. They are not going to control my life while I am still on this Earth. If I want the flag, I’ll have it. ‘
The McLeod’s claim that they were allowed to fly the flag when they moved into their unit complex in 1997, but the corporation has now said no approval was granted and the couple have been unable to provide written evidence that it existed.
Sunshine Coast couple Julie and Vaughan McLeod (pictured together) have been told not to fly an Australian flag in the backyard of their home
The couple have been told to remove the flag after receiving 20 messages saying they are in violation of the body’s statutes, but they refuse to take the flag down without a fight.
“I’m just going to jail because I’m not going to pay a fine and I’m not going to take down the flag,” Ms. McLeod said.
‘It stays there. People have come and gone and died for that flag. It’s not coming down. ‘
Ms. McLeod’s daily ritual includes raising the flag every morning and picking it up in the evening, but the three other neighbors in the complex want him gone.
‘Eyesore, I couldn’t get over that word. It’s an eyesore, that’s what they put on the form. How can you call that an eyesore? ”Said Mrs. McLeod.
“They keep sending (the notices) and I keep writing back and saying, well I’m afraid we have permission.”
The corporation in the couple’s unit complex has said the couple is in violation of the body’s statutes by flying the flag
The couple’s house, which they moved to in 1997, is decorated with Australian flags, which Ms. McLeod says, ‘people have come and gone and died for that flag’
Mr. McLeod, who served in the Air Force, said the couple were happy to make an affidavit explaining how they were allowed to fly the flag.
‘I think it is a right to show our flag. It is a symbol of our country and our culture, ”he said.
‘We are quite willing to make an affidavit, swear on the bible that we have had permission. It is not at all our fault that the paperwork has been lost. ‘
The pair have been locked in several bitter disputes with neighbors, including allegations that Ms. McLeod assaulted a neighbor. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
There are also disagreements about garbage cans and cars in the driveway.
The flag debate has been sent to an arbitrator, who is expected to make a decision in the next six weeks.
Ms. McLeod said she could consider legal action depending on the outcome.