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Concern over bikie club

CONCERNED residents have held a meeting to discuss what can be done to stop the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang setting up a chapter in Tea Gardens.

The Comancheros have a development application before Great Lakes Council seeking approval to use a storage shed in the Tea Gardens Industrial Estate as its clubhouse.

The chairman of the meeting said the community could not overlook the history of the Comancheros, which he said included drugs, arms trafficking and counterfeiting.

"We don't want anyone who associates with these sort of activities in an area where there are elderly people and young children," he said.

He was most concerned about the gang exercising power in town through criminality and intimidation.

He said it was unlikely that the application would be rejected on a planning basis but he encouraged the community to contact the council and object on moral grounds.

According to a report by the council's assessment planner, Steve Andrews, the Comancheros had already been using the site illegally for years.

"Following a complaint received from the Tea Gardens Police that industrial units were being used as a clubhouse by a motorcycle club, an inspection was carried out," Mr Andrews said.

The occupant denied illegal use of the site but further evidence allowed the council the right to demand that a DA be issued.

The potential clubhouse is approved as a storage shed on a site zoned 4(a) General Industrial Zone.

If the clubhouse was approved, get-togethers would often involve fewer than 20 people, according to a council report.

Club social activities outlined in the report included barbecues on Saturday nights between 4pm and 1am and low-scale entertainment.

NSW police would be given 24 hours notice of events and functions involving more than 100 people.

The applicant said the illegal activity had ceased.


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