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Bikie laws need to be strengthened says Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate

THE controversial bikie laws need to be toughened to crack down on rising violence according to Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

Cr Tate will be writing to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urging the state government to consider tough new changes to the laws which are said to be responsible for reducing violent crime linked to Gold Coast bikie gangs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

The calls come after a shooting at Aria Towers in Broadbeach on Sunday was linked to outlaw motorcycle gang Comancheros.

The state government is currently reviewing the laws and it is understood to be considering to weaken the laws.

Detectives arrive at the scene of a shooting incident at Aria Towers in Broadbeach. Picture: Ryan Keen

“People on the Gold Coast are very concerned,” Cr Tate said.

“We welcome the review as long as the laws are strengthened.”

Cr Tate said he would like to see the government consider automatic sentencing for those involved in outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws targeting violent bikie gangs were introduced by the Newman Government following a brawl in Broadbeach in September 2013.