Mackay police officers
chat to two motorcyclists on Harbour Rd just after a
funeral was held.
CAMPBELL Newman's laws against outlaw
motorcycle gangs have been tested once again following
the second funeral in two months for a bikie club member
Motorcycle riders attending Ian
Richard "Hairy" Hehir's funeral yesterday left alone or
in pairs as a heavy police presence kept a close watch.
A Mackay police spokesman said nothing
"out of the ordinary" had been reported following the
celebration of life service for the Outlaws club member
at Newhaven Chapel.
Police officers and motorcycle riders
milled about on the footpath of the service station near
the chapel while a breath testing station was set up
further down on the other side of the road.
A funeral notice for "Hairy" said the
former owner of Whitsunday Waterslide would be sadly
missed by his "brothers".
Mr Hehir's family operated the
waterslide between 1991 and 1993 at the Harbour Rd site
now occupied by the Mackay Indoor Sports Arena.
It's the second time in two months
that police have monitored a bikie club member's funeral
A heavy police presence overshadowed
Rebels Motorcycle Club member Gregory "Dodgie" Arthur
Delbridge's funeral last month.
Four police cars were strategically
placed along Harbour Road during the service to keep an
eye on funeral goers.
Following Mr Delbridge's funeral, a
Queensland police spokesperson told the Daily Mercury
legislation surrounding "criminal participants knowingly
being present in a public place" did not provide any
exemption for funerals.
The spokesperson said the wearing of "colours"
in a public place and lawfully riding a motorcycle were