News

Gang meetings ‘less overt’ since introduction of bikie laws

Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll
Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll Chris Ison

CENTRAL Queensland bikies are packing up and moving out of view of the public as a result of the Newman government's crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs.

Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll said since the introduction of the legislation in October, clubhouses had been vacated and signage and contents removed. The clubhouses were no longer used.

"Before the legislation was introduced, police spoke with members advising them of the implications of the new legislation," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"Consequently the majority emptied out their clubhouses."

He added that police suspected members may meet in private in a more covert manner.

He said police had been actively targeting numerous members of motorcycle gangs in the region including the Rebels, Odin Warriors, Black Uhlans and the Outlaws, along with their associates.

As a result, more than 100 members had been charged with offences throughout the central region, extending from Bowen to the Sunshine Coast.

"In Capricornia, 27 individuals were charged with 64 offences, including drugs, property and assault, since the legislation was introduced," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"We think the legislation is very effective, and it reduces the overtness of motorcycle gangs in the open... which gives the public confidence," he said.

The legislation was also proving to be an excuse for some bikies to exit gangs.

"We have intelligence to indicate a number of members have withdrawn from clubs, and handed in their colours," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"Some members utilised the new legislation to leave their gangs."

He said many bikies stopped and talked freely to police while others were more "hard core".

"We have had no trouble or backlash from the bikies in our region," he said.

"But we understand the gangs want to fight the legislation in the High Court down south.

"The police don't get involved in that.

"We act in accordance to the legislation the government has set."

Topics:  bikie crackdown bikie laws black uhlans odin's warriors rebels



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Taskforce Argos nabs child porn gardener

Generic Rockhampton Court.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Council gardener jailed over horrendous child porn images and videos

Western Qld towns could soon be just a flight away from Rocky

Cr Neil Fisher at Rockhampton Airport.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Plans to expand direct air services to three new destinations

CQ in for drier and hotter year this time round

Two-year-old Grace Miller lives on a cattle property at Windorah, which had been drought declared for six months in 2014 .CQ is expexted to experience dry conditions again this year.

Region to receive less rainfall due to high temps and end of La Nina

Local Partners

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

FOX Sports' new 24/7 rugby league channel is the answer to NRL fans' prayers but for league legend Justin Hodges it is another opportunity to challenge himself.

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Rocky teen walks runway at NY Fashion Week

CATWALK: A snapshot from one of the five runway shows at New York Fashion Week which Rocky girl Charlie Austin modeled in

It took a 15 hour delay in Los Angeles but this Rocky girl got there

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Rocky rentals close to the mark

For Rent sign in front of new house

Far better placed than other CQ cities

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!