To lure recruits
(Broadbeach) bikie brawl (in 2013) and others left the Coast. They have their largest grouping on the Gold Coast. Because they are looking for members and it’s so fast-paced you don’t really have to do much to get patched up.”
Another source said the Bandidos will take “anyone”.
“They recruit a lot of the kids. Most are low-lifes who are already involved in illegal (expletive).”
In days gone by all outlaw motorcycle gangs would go through strict and lengthy initiations before prospective club members could join.
Hannay Lawyers boss Chris Hannay said new recruits would begin by cleaning the clubhouse or running drugs.
“Then the tasks would get harder and harder, they would have to flog people, collect money or engage in violenttype offending until they could prove they were good enough,” he said.
Many new recruits previously came from feeder gangs or family associations.
Bikie sources say the process previously took up to two years with wannabe bikies starting as “hang arounds” before moving into a probation period for about 18 months.
“Then someone would have to vouch for you to become a nominee. It really took about two years to become a full patched member,” the source said.
ROCK BOTTOM Many say the Glitter Strip bikie scene has hit rock bottom after the VLAD law drove gangs interstate.
The Rebels and the Mongols are believed to still have a large presence on the Coast, with several feeder clubs providing members from the southern Gold Coast and Logan areas.
Sources say the bikie gangs with the most members be- hind bars traditionally have the strongest hold on the outside.
The fact alleged Glitter Strip Mongols bikies Ben Mortimer and Wade YatesTaui are currently on remand in separate Brisbane jails awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Gold Coast man Max Waller supports these claims.
“They have good solid members and they just don’t give a (expletive). They have a range of homes they operate out of. They don’t have a central clubhouse,” one source said about the Gold Coast Mongols.
“The Comancheros don’t play games in Sydney and they’ve also recently come up here. When they get down they don’t (expletive) around. They are into serious violence and by that I mean death.
“In the US, the Hells Angels are considered a really heavy gang but here, they are plastic gangsters. They recruit from street crews like Red Devils but the Coast is well renowned for being one of the weakest chapters for the club and the most embarrassing.”
Over the border, the Bandidos and Lone Wolves gangs brawled outside Seagulls Club at Tweed Heads on the night of the second State of Origin match in July.
Several men were charged with affray and soon after, NSW gang squads including Strike Force Raptor and Public Order Riot Squad raided the homes of several bikies in the Tweed area.
One month earlier, alleged bikie associate Ace Hall was dumped outside the Tweed Heads hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
He later died and was believed to have been a bikie club associate and local debt enforcer. CLIVE Palmer’s elusive nephew is being paid more than $8000 a fortnight by one his uncle’s companies, despite warrants being out for his arrest, a court has heard.
Mr Palmer reappeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday where he is fighting a high-stakes legal bid by taxpayer-funded liquidators to freeze more than $200 million worth of personal assets.
There, the liquidators’ barrister Shane Doyle QC revealed Clive Mensink was being paid more than $8000 a fortnight by Queensland Nickel Sales up until March this year.
But Queensland Nickel’s sought-after former director has “thereafter ... been paid that precise figure every fortnight by Mineralogy”, Mr Doyle told the court.
Interpol has been enlisted to try to locate Mr Mensink, who hasn’t returned to Australia after leaving in June 2016.
Referring to evidence he gave to the Federal Court earlier this year, which included references to payments to Mr Mensink, Mr Palmer said the material was “unreliable” because he was ill and being treated with morphine.
Mr Palmer also faced questioning about the handwritten notebook, including an August 2015 entry referring to a December 2015 budget as being about “nine months old”, which he said was simply an error.
The government-appointed special purpose liquidators, PPB Advisory, are also seeking freezing orders against the assets of the Palmer-related companies such as QNI Metals, QNI Resources and Mineralogy.