Queensland police are set to
flood into the Gold Coast to crack down hard
on bikie gangs after two brawls.
NEW laws targeting bikies will be taken
to State Cabinet on Monday as the Newman Government launches an
unprecedented $20 million campaign to drive outlaw motorcycle
gangs out of Queensland.
The streets will be flooded with police in a New
York-style move to combat bikie violence, said Police Commissioner
Ian Stewart, while the State Government flagged “prohibition laws”
and US-style anti-racketeering legislation to hold club bosses
responsible for the work of their henchmen.
The Commissioner said members of outlaw motorcycle
gangs were on notice — police would be using all available means to
“deal with” them.
“This will be high visibility policing — very
similar to what they did in New York in the ’90s where they were
able to flood the streets with police,” he said.
Police descended on the Gold Coast in a
show of force on Saturday after Friday night's bikie
rampage. Pic: Luke Marsden.Source: News Limited
An extra 60 police officers have already been
moved to the Gold Coast, where Bandidos bikies laid siege to the
Southport Police Station on Friday night, demanding the release of
their associates. Police had earlier arrested members of the outlaw
motorcycle gang following a brawl in Broadbeach.
The State Government said police should use
whatever resources necessary to crack down on their illegal
The police helicopter is now being used to patrol
the streets for motorbikes and anyone suspected of an association
with an outlaw motorcycle gang will be stopped and questioned.
“The Government says they want these bikies dealt
with and that is our plan,” Mr Stewart said. “We will deal with
them. These people deal in fear and intimidation and that is
He said any suggestion from the Bandidos that
bikies “owned” the Gold Coast was untrue.
“The reality is the community owns the Gold
Coast,” he said. “And the community should be able to go about their
daily living without fear.”
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said he would not
rest until Queensland was free of the scourge of outlaw motorcycle
gangs operating predominantly on the Gold Coast but also in Cairns,
Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.
Police at Broadbeach following an
incident which saw 18 people arrested on Friday.Source: News Limited
“We will be doing whatever it takes to bring the
full force of the law to their door, to their happy times, to ensure
that they no longer feel safe in their beds or in their restaurant
seats or on their bikes or in their cars,” Mr Dempsey said.
“Their days are certainly numbered.
A police blitz on Saturday night resulted in 28
arrests on 46 charges but members of bikie gangs were not among
those detained, said the Police Minister.
“Police have attended every outlaw motorcycle
clubhouse as well as the outlaw motorcycle gang hotspots throughout
the Gold Coast and in other parts of the state as well,” Mr Dempsey
“They can hide ... they can go to ground, but when
they come up, police will still be there.”
The prohibitions laws being prepared by Mr Dempsey
would give police unfettered powers to search members of illegal
bikie gangs and other violent offenders for firearms.
“We’ll be bringing a number of issues to Cabinet
(today) in relation to what we are progressing on the operational
side and setting a pathway for legislation,” he said.
Even the sort of businesses typically operated by
outlaw motorcycle gangs such as tattoo parlours, could face new
legislative restrictions, Mr Dempsey said.
The Government is also awaiting the outcome of the
first test of criminal association legislation, under which members
of bikie gangs or other declared organisations can be banned from