A MOTORCYCLE gang is set to collect close to
$1 million from the Queensland Government
despite the Government enacting laws which
could shut the club down.
Government has confirmed it will have to
negotiate with the Odin's Warriors Motorcycle
Club to resume its Moorooka clubhouse to make
way for the $8.2 billion Cross River Rail
which has been the club's home for about 20
years, is one of 66 earmarked to be bulldozed
for the rail tunnel's southern portal.
The clubhouse is
one of five homes and businesses on the same
street to go.
across Queensland have been targeted by the
Government under anti-association laws which
give it the power to declare the clubs and other
organisations as criminal.
They can then
apply for control orders against individual
members of the clubs to stop them from
associating with each other.
While the cost of
resuming the clubhouse is unknown, Raine & Horne
senior executive Paul Flego estimated its worth
at between $800,000 and $900,000.
Mr Flego recently
sold another property in the street for more
than $1 million.
A spokesman for
the Odin's Warriors said members had not yet
been told about the resumption.
"As we have not
spoken to or met with the government on this
issue yet, our concerns lie with the adequate
and fair purchase of these properties," he said.
"We have resided
there for the past 20 years. This resumption
affects us personally as we have great
sentimental value to this property as it is our
A Department of
Transport and Main Roads spokesman said all
resumptions would be treated fairly.
"A business or
organisation that owns property that needs to be
resumed for a transport project is entitled to
compensation, just like any property owner in
the same situation," he said.
He said that of
the properties being resumed, 84 per cent were
on industrial land south of Yeerongpilly.
laws, which were passed last November and
enacted in April this year, caused outrage among
motorcycle gangs, who put usual animosity aside
and joined forces to fight the legislation.
So far no clubs
have been identified as criminal in Queensland,
but similar legislation in South Australia and
NSW has been used to outlaw the Finks and the
Hells Angels motorcycle clubs.
Motorcycle Council of Queensland, made up of
clubs across the state, say the laws infringe on
the human rights of members. Last year it
launched a massive public relations campaign in
a bid to stop the laws.