Gold Coast bikies looking to buy property in Tweed Heads
TWEED police have issued a warning to Tweed real estate agents not to deal with bikies.
Reports have surfaced that a Queensland bikie gang is looking to buy property in the Tweed.
The Tweed offers bikies easy access to the Gold Coast, while its New South Wales jurisdiction protects them from Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws in Queensland.
Director of Boyd's Bay Garden World John Nosworthy confirmed when a development application with Tweed Shire Council for a Masters hardware store stalled on his Tweed Heads West property, his real estate agent suggested bikies as possible buyers instead.
"The agent said there are numerous other people looking for property in this area at the moment and this group was just one of them," Mr Nosworthy said.
Rainbow Bay Realty principal Lenny McLennan said it was common knowledge Queensland bikies were looking to move into New South Wales.
Real Estate Institute of NSW president Malcolm Gunning said it was a difficult issue.
"From a sales point of view, when bikies have representatives to buy a property on their behalf, it's very difficult to address it because real estate is an open marketplace," he said.
"There's no legislation to stop real estate agents from dealing with bikies."
Tweed crime manager Brendon Cullen said officers had been in contact with agents in Tweed on the presumption bikies might be looking for northern NSW properties.
"We have been proactive on this front," Detective Inspector Cullen said.
"Agents should contact us if they (bikies) are looking to rent or purchase premises.
"I would be disappointed if agents are dealing with these people and not with us. It poses a significant risk to the community.
"It's not very community-minded to put profits ahead of the safety of the community."
In March, Tweed's top cop Superintendent Stuart Wilkins declared there were no bikie clubhouses operating in the Tweed-Byron command after police shut two down.
The Odin Warriors clubhouse, on Machinery Dr, Tweed Heads South, and the Mongols' base at Morton St, Chinderah, were dismantled following a 10-day joint police operation.