"Ferrett" and up to 90 per cent
of his mates at the Finks Bike Club have left
the Finks and defected to the Mongols.Source: News
A GOLD-plated "M" on the black
front door of a black building with blacked-out windows
is the only clue that this is anything other than an
another industrial unit in a typical industrial complex.
That and the small, dome-shaped CCTV
camera perched above the entry.
But step inside and you're in a room that
resembles a luxury bar - all comfortable leather seating in
On the wall, two large television screens
are live-streaming images from eight other well-placed,
well-concealed cameras - spying on incoming visitors from as
far back as the main road.
That's why the door opened so quickly.
Welcome to the Mongols motorcycle club's
The Finks merged with the Mongols
in a bid to rebrand and start again.Source:
Only weeks ago the site was home to
another outlaw motorcycle club, the Finks.
That was before their newly minted
alliance with their US counterparts.
In an unprecedented move, 85 per cent of
Finks members nationwide
merged with the Mongols, swelling their numbers in Australia
where, until recently, they were a fledgling outfit with
only three small chapters in NSW.
It only took a phonecall and a meeting
with Australian-based Mongols to organise, says Mark
"Ferret" Moroney, a former Finks member of some 26 years
standing and chapter sergeant-at-arms.
The main purpose was to rebrand - to start
again, Ferret says.
Members were given a choice to stay with
the Finks or cross over to the new club - a return to the
"bikes and brotherhood" of the 1970s.
Back then long beards, chain-smoking and
beer guts were all the rage.
Today that's changed.
The clubhouse is strictly non-smoking.
There is an exercise bike next to the pool table and
collagen apparatus - an anti-ageing machine - located in the
members-only area upstairs.
"We just couldn't go on the way we were
because eventually everyone would end up out of control,"
"People could see the cycle that we were
in - they realised that in four or five years this club
wouldn't be happening anymore.
"We said we're going to get a
constitution, it's going to have rules and guidelines to it
and if you don't agree with it, don't come."
Until recently, the Mongols were
a fledgling outfit with only three small
chapters in NSW.Source: News
The Mongols are still considered by
American police to be one of the most dangerous and violent
But according to Ferret, the US Mongols
are under new leadership and are not the club they once
He says they have eliminated criminality
almost completely from their ranks in recent years. Their
charter, now adopted here, forbids drug use. Conviction of a
serious crime results in immediate expulsion.
The club does not cover legal fees and
anyone with a drug or alcohol addiction is encouraged to
self-report - the club will pay and assist their
"They've taken it back to what it was in
the '70s - that's our intention now," says Ferret.
"People have been told they're on notice,
the people that came with us. They're leaving the past
"It's saying to people 'if you want to
start again, if you want to have new direction, if you want
to try to keep yourself together so you don't end up in jail
all the time, this is the way we're going'."
So why not just change the club's name or
expel wayward members?
"We had to do something that would shock
everybody," Ferret says. "The Mongols here were small, they
didn't have history on them and that's where we needed to
"We didn't want to go somewhere with a
platform of criminality - we needed to go somewhere with
none so we could prove this is how we're going to stay."
The Finks merged with the Mongols
because there was no platform of criminality.Source:
Police remain sceptical. Law enforcement
sees the move as a means of trying to outsmart
anti-association laws being used in Queensland to try to
dismantle the Finks club.
Ferret refutes this, saying those laws
were only being applied to the Finks in Queensland, and it's
a national club. Loyalty is everything in a club like the
Finks, so convincing members to switch sides jarred with
some at first.
"At first it was a shock to people," says
And it would have certainly taken some
bravery to float the idea with club bosses, who could have
ordered swift discipline at the mere suggestion, if it was
taken the wrong way. "Oh yeah, they could have," Ferret
nods, knowingly. "In the end it wasn't about being loyal to
the club you're in, it was about thinking with your head,
not your heart.
"If the majority had decided not to go we
wouldn't have done it. If people want to be in this club,
this is the way we are now. We had a good time, everyone had
fun, now it's time to pull our head in." That is his key
Or maybe it's about survival in the new
climate of police taskforces, consorting laws, increased
jail time for bikie members in Queensland and declaration
orders being flagged for around the country. If the message
is self-preservation, it is reinforced by his parting words
in the searing western Sydney heat.
"Make sure to put on a pair of sunnies,
wrinkles aren't cool boys," he warns.