“We’ve cleared them out of more than 50 per
cent of their gang houses for good,’’ Taskforce Maxima police
commander Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said.
“They’ve terminated their leases and taken all
their bikie paraphernalia. They’ve cleared out.’’
In one instance, the Bandidos’ old clubhouse
at Caloundra has been given a makeover and is now the Mosaic Art
The steel and security cameras have been
replaced with curtains and classes.
But police concede they have “a long way to go
to the finish line” to “permanently eliminate” gang links to 20
clubhouses still listed as “not utilised but not vacated”. While
the buildings remain deserted and strictly off-limits to bikies,
The Courier-Mail has revealed besieged bikies are
defying the Newman Government’s tough new laws by meeting at
Police are also concerned that because some
gangs own their old clubhouses, members will simply “move back
in” if they succeed with their High Court challenge to the
“That is our fear,’’ Supt Niland said. “We are
looking at the ownership of these properties with a view to see
what action we can take.’’
One of the gangs most affected, the Rebels,
own several of their old clubhouses including the one used by
the Brisbane chapter at Albion.
Chapter president “Little” Mick Kosenko said
the club had owned the building “for decades”.
“It’s disappointing because the club wasn’t
only used for our Friday night meetings,” he said.
“We held kids’ parties there, engagement
parties, and hens’ nights.”
Police say otherwise.
“They’ve tried to portray themselves as not
being criminals but behind closed doors, they were conducting
their drug trafficking, extortions and criminal conspiracies,”
Supt Niland said.
Two alleged bikies had been charged in Cairns
and Mount Isa for being on gang-linked properties.
What has become of bikie clubhouses