Town to close HQ of Rebels bikies
OFFICERS from the Gang Crime Squad arrested and charged the Bentley chapter president of the Rebels Motorcycle Club last week.
Several premises linked to the 49-year- old were searched after a long-running drug investigation.
He faced several charges of supplying trafficable quantities of methamphetamine as well as one charge of conspiring to unlawfully possess 10 firearms. He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 9 and will reappear on September 3. THE Town of Victoria Park has voted to shut down an East Victoria Park Rebels Motorcycle Club (RMC) clubhouse.
The town was made aware the Bentley chapter of the RMC had converted the Milford Street warehouse last July.
In October 2014, a town investigation confirmed the property was being used as club premises without planning approval.
In December, the club applied for retrospective planning approval for change of use from factory units/warehouse to unlisted use-club premises.
The town received 20 submissions objecting to the club but a number of concerns raised by the community were not relevant planning considerations.
Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the town had been involved only with planning issues.
“Any matters relating to the tenants or any anti-social behaviour are being handled by the police,” he said. “The WA Police made a submission as part of the community consultation process, which was undertaken by the town.”
The club can now go to the State Administration Tribunal to apply for review of the decision.
This is not a new issue for a local government. In July 2013, the City of Cockburn rejected an application from the RMC, which sought retrospective planning approval for a change of use of a factory to a club premises.
The application was rejected because it was thought the presence of the club would be a “risk to the amenity of the surrounding area” and “would send a message of acceptance”.
After more than a year-and-a-half of talks between the city and the club, the council granted retrospective planning approval.
It accepted the application after SAT mediation and the fact the decision had to be made based on factors relating to land use and not who would use the premises.