“So I was at the beach taking pictures of the fence that’s been newly-erected, and I saw some people going under and over it – this gentleman was running out of the beach and saw me and started hurling some pretty choice words,” the photographer told the Herald.
“I think he just realised he was being photographed doing the wrong thing, I suppose. He sprinted towards me.”
The photographer said a few other beachgoers joined in, saying that the government was overreaching. “It wasn’t very pleasant,” he said.
“The whole gist of it was that it was his beach and he can do what he wants and that the problem was elsewhere, in south-east Asia.”
“He kept saying, ‘This is my beach’.”
The photographer said his top priority was to avoid being spat on. “He was practically foaming at the mouth,” he said.
“I guess the professional thing to do would have been to do nothing but I just told him that there wasn’t two sets of rules for him and for other people.”
Many public spaces have been closed in the latest measures to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, including gyms, swimming pools and almost all sporting activities.
Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.