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Fears Finks clubhouse back on Gold Coast as Premier Palaszczuk talks tough on organised, bikie crime

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk is promising new organised crime laws will shut down Gold Coast bikies – as fears emerge a local Finks gang headquarters is being re-established.

The Gold Coast Bulletin understands the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang is manoeuvering a return to its former Molendinar base on ­Export Drive.

It comes after a series of ­violent bikie-linked crimes across the Gold Coast.

They include allegedly deliberately lit fires sweeping through businesses at Nobby Beach, linked to Hells Angels extortion two months ago, and a Comancheros member’s arrest after a gunshot and alleged ­serious assault at the Aria Holiday Apartments in Broadbeach a week ago.

The Finks were once the dominant outlaw bikie gang in Australia.

Police superintendent Craig Hanlon said police were unaware of a Finks clubhouse at Molendinar but urged the public to come forward.

“If any member of the public has any information on suspected criminal activity by alleged ­bikies or anyone associated with Outlaw Motorcycle Criminal Gangs, they can assist police by reporting it,” he said.

As local bikie crime flares, the State Government has spruiked planned reforms to the Newman government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws. Labor’s new anti-bikie and organised crime measures, to be introduced into Parliament on September 12, include jail time for bikies caught wearing their colours in any public space in Queensland.

Gold Coast bikie brawl between the Bandidos and Finks at Broadbeach. Credit: A Current Affair

The new laws would also ­retain mandatory sentencing and include giving police power to shut down addresses used for fraud rackets, in addition to clubhouses.

Ms Palaszczuk told the Gold Coast Bulletin she “wanted to assure the people of the Gold Coast we will have strong and enforceable laws to tackle serious organised crime”.

“We have been working with the NSW Government to ensure we will tackle outlaw motorcycle gangs on either side of the border,” she said.

“We will go further than the current laws and any other state to ensure outlaw motorcycle gang members cannot intimidate our community.

“The LNP banned them from wearing their colours to licensed venues, like pubs and clubs.

“My Government will ban them full stop. We have committed extra police on the Gold Coast and we are giving police the powers they need to tackle all serious organised crime, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.”

But Gold Coast Opposition MP John-Paul Langbroek said the Government was simply playing catch-up to bikie gangs which have already re-emerged on the Coast.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) and Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath (left) talk new crime laws - Ms Palaszczuk has told the Bulletin: ‘I can assure the people of the Gold Coast we will have strong and enforceable laws to tackle serious organised crime.’. Picture: AAP Image/Jamie McKinnell

“We’re almost back to the bad old days of September 2013,” he said in reference to the infamous Broadbeach bikie brawl amid diners.

“We are just seeing incident after incident – and the laws are about to be wound back, there are now less resources for (bikie-busting police squad) Taskforce Maxima.

All the way through we have said you have to keep your foot on their throats because if you don’t it’s too tempting for them to come back (to the Coast) because of the money they can make.”

Opposition MP John-Paul Langbroek, Member for Surfers Paradise (LNP): “Gangs are back already: everybody knows that and they aren’t necessarily wearing colours.” Photo: Steve Pohlner

A senior city political leader, who declined to be named, said: “I think the bikies are licking their lips waiting and testing the waters. It’s just such a massive marketplace for them here.”

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said he was pleased with Labor’s proposed new laws.

“Banning outlaw motorcycle gang colours altogether in Queensland is a move we should be proud of and all other states should follow our lead,’’ he said.