PLANS for a multimillion-dollar Surfers Paradise nightclub
have been crushed after police warned the landlord the
venture was a front for bikies trying to launder cash.
frontman for the deal, which police intelligence has linked to
notorious outlaw motorcycle club the Bandidos, was a Bond
University law graduate in his 20s.
The man, whose
identity is known to The Courier-Mail, said his company
had planned to spend $2 million revamping the site of the former
The Drink nightclub, on Orchid Ave, with backing from a
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But the bid to
lease the venue fell over last month after the landlord received
a secret briefing from the police bikie squad, Hydra.
The man and his
financier gave the landlord signed statutory declarations that
they had no links to organised crime but could not save the
deal. Both men continue to deny that their venture had any links
The financier, who
has family and financial ties to a well-known franchise chain,
said: "I've nothing to do with bikies and I can't afford to be
involved with them because we're a family business that's very
A source close to
the deal confirmed the Hydra squad had tipped off the landlord.
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