Bikies banned from Tweed pubs as pollies battle on border

Tweed Byron LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen.
Tweed Byron LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen. Luke Mortimer

OUTLAW bikies won't be welcome in Tweed's pubs and clubs after the Tweed Liquor Accord agreed to ban them from wearing their colours and paraphernalia in licensed premises.

The decision came last week amid concerns Queensland's tough bikie laws could see an influx in Northern NSW.

Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said police had high hopes Byron pubs and clubs would follow suit.

"Nothing's changed as far as we're concerned," Insp Cullen said.

"Outlaw motorcycle gangs are exactly what the name says; they're outlaw gangs."

Insp Cullen said NSW Police had "plenty of power" in dealing with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Bikies on the rise?

Meanwhile, Shadow Minister Walt Secord is calling for Tweed MP Geoff Provest to admit bikie criminal activity on the Northern Rivers has increased.

"The Finks have rebranded themselves as the Mongols and moved into Chinderah and have been filmed by TV crews riding in Northern NSW with Queensland rego plates,

"Police have banded together to ban bikies them from Tweed clubs and pubs.

"What more proof does Mr Provest need to admit there's a problem," Mr Secord asked.

Mr Provest has denied he is failing to address the problem.

"I rely heavily on the Tweed Heads and Tweed Byron police to conduct investigations into illegal bikie activities and there has been no perceived increase in threat,

"According to local police Walt Secord and Justine Elliot have not bothered to contact them about increased bikie activity in the Northern Rivers.

"If they have information they should come forward to the police about it like a regular citizen would be expected to.

"Put up or shut up," Mr Provest said.

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