Lone Wolf bikies standing strong against police crackdown by keeping clubhouse on Gold Coast
- Gold Coast Bulletin
- January 17, 2014
While every other club has closed its doors and scattered to the winds, the Lone Wolf clubhouse remains in an act of defiance against the Newman Government's tough anti-bikie crackdown.
But police have vowed to ramp up the pressure on the criminal gang to close its doors in a bid to declare the Gold Coast a "bikie free zone". The Currumbin premises has been under constant surveillance and police are determined to shut it down.
The club has refused to remove signage on the premises it has owned outright for more than a decade.
The walls are painted with the club's insignia, alongside the 1 per cent symbol, and heavily fortified doors remain tightly closed.
Taskforce Takeback boss Superintendent Jim Keogh said the club's ongoing presence was an "act of defiance".
But despite leaving signs in place as a reminder, no members have set foot at the club, which is less than 1km from the NSW border.
"Most of their members have a residential address listed in NSW, so logically they'll just stay well away from the clubhouse," Supt Keogh said.
Bikie insiders said the Lone Wolf gang was deliberately trying to outlast the Queensland Government until the laws were tested in the High Court.
The club is also keen to hold the site, which is close to the M1, Gold Coast Highway and has access to the Tomewin back roads.
"A lot of clubs use the Tomewin roads when they want to fly under the radar - the Wolves have been doing it for years," Supt Keogh said.
The State Government listed the locations of 40 clubhouses, from the Gold Coast to Townsville, banning bikies from attending.
Most clubhouses have closed. The Bandidos, with their famous motto, "Our colours don't run" were the first to pull out, stripping two tonnes of steel fortifications from its Mermaid Beach site.