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Rebels bikies ordered off Stuart farm


TOWNSVILLE Rebels members have been ordered off their Stuart property known as �The Farm� after the land was added to the list of banned places under state anti-bikie legislation.

The Rebels Motorcycle Club clubhouse on Ingham Rd was classified as a prescribed place under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws last year and shut down.

The Odin’s Warriors clubhouse on Leyland St was also on the first list of 40 banned locations.

But The Farm was not initially on that list, leaving members of the club free to use the property.

Northern Region crime co-ordinator Acting Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon confirmed The Farm was now on the list and detectives went to the property on Saturday and notified members of the club they had to vacate the premises.

It is understood they were given until 5pm yesterday to vacate.

There were no arrests and no charges laid on Saturday.

“Investigations are ongoing and as such, the QPS is not in a position to provide any further comment,” Supt Scanlon said.

“Maintaining public order and community safety is paramount to the QPS.

“The QPS has the support and commitment of the Queensland Government and other local, State and

Federal agencies to eliminate the violence and criminal business activities of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs (CMG) throughout Queensland.”

A Rebels member from the North Queensland region declined to comment when contacted by the Bulletin.

“Any comment we make from Rebels would be done through a statement from UMCQ (The United Motorcycle Council of Queensland),” he said.

The UMCQ waged a $1 million challenge against the anti-bikie laws in the High Court, but the seven judges reserved its decision on the validity of the laws in September.

There were no signs of disturbance outside The Farm as the clocked ticked over the deadline yesterday.

A single unmarked police car pulled out of the address a few minutes after 5pm.

Later, a Queensland Police Service spokesperson said detectives visited the Stuart property at 5pm and that Rebels members had complied with the legislation.

Supt Scanlon said information from the public was vital to help stop CMG activities and provide operational information and intelligence.