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A GROUP of Rebels Motorcycle Club members wore their colours in a show of strength on the Esplanade at Scarness on the weekend after a regional detective said the Hervey Bay chapter of the Rebels was no longer in operation.
A senior Wide Bay member of the bikie club spoke out on Sunday night, saying in part the visit to Scarness had been about proving the Rebels were still a presence in the region after Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs told the Chronicle every single Hervey Bay member of the club had turned in their colours.
As well as members outside of the region, he said members from Hervey Bay had been at Scarness too.
"We have been in Hervey Bay for 20 years," he said.
The man claimed that four other outlaw motorcycle gangs had visited Hervey Bay looking to move into the region after it was reported the Rebels were "no more".
He said the police were taking credit for something they had not done - and he insisted the Rebels were not involved in organised crime.
He conceded that from time to time members were charged with crimes, but said the same could be said of the local bowls club.
The Hervey Bay police said the behaviour of the bikies on Saturday was "very polite".
The police conducted several drives past the area on Saturday and approached the group to move their motorcycles due to the bike race on the Esplanade.
Det Sgt Colfs could not be contacted for comment on Sunday.