CHECK: A police officer conducts a
breath test with a member of the Gypsy Jokers
motorcycle gang at Kin Kin yesterday. Picture:
John Wilson Source: The Courier-Mail
THE jukebox was
blaring at the Country Life Hotel in Kin Kin last night
but the locals stayed home thanks to a heavy police
The 98-year-old bush pub was
under intense police surveillance after the Gypsy Jokers
motorbike club set up camp behind it for the night.
Publican Robert Kidd said the
visit had been bad for business.
"It hasn't been good for us at all. Most of the locals
haven't come down,'' he said.
"We're inundated with bikes but that's about it. Everybody's
afraid to get on the road because they know the coppers are
"We're down on takings. Even the bikies can only drink so
Police crawling the quaint town outnumbered the motorcycle
club members who spent yesterday exploring the region,
riding 30 minutes to Noosa and stopping for coffee in
picturesque Pomona, before heading back to the pub where
they lined the bar last night.
"The bikies are scaring a few off but they've been very
good. We have a pig on a spit every Sunday and they actually
scoffed all the food down by 1pm,'' Mr Kidd said.
One club member, who did not want to be named, denied the
Gypsy Jokers were on a recruitment drive.
"We're just bikies, we're just riding around having a good
time,'' he said.
"We're on holidays from Western Australia ... don't read
into it. We're used to being followed by police ... it's
just a political stunt.''
The bikies would not elaborate on their plans other than to
say they were headed north.
The Courier-Mail understands they intend to visit
Hervey Bay in coming days, which has sparked concerns due to
a Rebels motorcycle gang clubhouse in the area.
Meanwhile more than 100 police officers were stationed in
the area and a heavily manned random drug-testing unit was
set up in Pomona.
Police from the State Crime Operations Command, the Public
Safety Response Team and regional officers spent yesterday
patrolling the 14km stretch between Pomona and Kin Kin in
marked and unmarked police cars, 4WDs and on motorbikes.
One Gypsy Joker motorbike club member was issued with a
24-hour driving suspension after a positive drug test. A
police spokeswoman said there had been no traffic incidents.