Outlaw lockout working as bikies go to ground
SUNSHINE Coast-based outlaw motorcycle gangs appear to have gone to ground as the State Government's anti-bikie measures begin to bite.
The region's four bikie clubhouses have been placed on a hit-list that will prevent members from entering,
As some bikies reportedly hand in their colours and declare their lawlessness over, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has warned that doing so will not "get them off the hook".
The Member for Kawana, who has tackled the outlaw gangs head-on, is believed to have beefed up his personal security but yesterday refused to discuss the issue.
There was no movement at three of the bikie clubhouses yesterday.
When the Daily visited the Bandidos clubhouse on busy Caloundra Rd, it was locked up tight and it appeared all club insignia had been removed.
The Rebels' Kunda Park club was also locked up, although the gang's insignia - the stars and bars of the US Confederate flag - still adorned the front gate.
It was set above the club's 1% logo, a skull wearing a Confederate army hat that identifies it as an outlaw organisation.
The Rebels' clubhouse in Noosaville - located in a small block of factories on Eumundi-Noosa Rd - was deserted. A Rebel flag hanging above the entrance was the only sign marking it as different from the small businesses around it.
Locals said the club had been there for several years and the bikies had been well-behaved.
The Black Uhlans are believed to have a clubhouse at Eumundi.
The government has a black list of 40 clubhouses from the Gold Coast to Townsville.
They are among the 26 gangs named as criminal organisations under new state laws in effect since last week.
Declaring a club a criminal organisation under the Criminal Law (Criminal Gangs Disruption) Amendment Bill results in the barring of its members from clubhouses.
The congregation of three or more members also will be an offence.
Two Cairns-based Odin Warriors members were arrested on Friday for entering their clubhouse - the first such arrests since the new laws came into effect.
Mr Bleijie said he hoped bikies were going straight.
But he added: "These gangs shouldn't think that just giving up their colours gets them off the hook.
"Our legislation will still apply if they continue to act like a group of thugs, and we will still come after them.
"We are committed to ridding criminal gangs from Queensland."
The Daily's attempts to speak with members of the clubs were unsuccessful.
Has Jarrod Bleijie broken the back of outlaw motorcycle gangs?
This poll ended on 20 October 2014.
It seems to be working, handing in colours is pretty serious
They've been hit pretty hard this time, it'll work if they keep it up
They'll go to ground now but they'll be back
Not a chance, Bleijie has bitten off more than he can chew
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