Rebels members show their colours in a
gathering on the Esplanade at Scarness on Saturday.
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
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