Four bikie gangs have set up shop in
Gladstone, allegedly peddling drugs to high income workers.
OUTLAW motorcycle gangs are moving to make Gladstone a
base in a bid to expand their drug empires.
The Black Uhlans, Outlaws, Odin's Warriors and Rebels have
all built a presence in the area, with big industry dollars and high
disposable incomes offering opportunities to conduct their dealings.
Police have vowed to increase the pressure on gangs
operating in the region, in a bid to protect communities.
Currently, chapters are operating in Gladstone, Tannum
Sands, Agnes Water and Moura.
Queensland Police have been waging war on gangs for
decades and Assistant Commissioner for Central Region, Mike Condon, said
they were determined to impede the activities of biker gangs in the area.
"Task Force Hydra, which operates out of the State Crime
Command, is constantly monitoring activities of all outlaw motorcycle
gangs," he said.
"With changes to the Criminal Organisation Act there is
the ability to have OMCGs declared as criminal organisations which is a very
powerful piece of legislation that can enable police to disrupt and
The Finks club was the first to have an application made
against it to be registered as a criminal organisation, and Asst Comm Condon
said if that passed Supreme Court judgment, it would enable police to place
control orders on gang members and heavily restrict the ability of the gang
to continue to function.
When asked why the groups had targeted Gladstone, Asst
Comm Condon said it was a matter of gangs targeting the region as industry
money flowed in.
"In recent times we've heard a lot of anecdotal evidence
of OMCGs targeting high disposable income and mining areas to peddle their
drugs," he said.
"They (OMCGs) use a number of strategies to influence a
particular mindset in a region."
Asst Comm Condon said police were committed to ensuring
the safety of the community and warned OMCGs in the area they would be
relentless in their pursuit of those that operated outside of the law.