New laws on table to stop bikies buying NSW clubhouses
NEW laws to stop bikies from dealing with real estate agents could be on the table to prevent Queensland gangs from shopping around for clubhouses in New South Wales.
This follows a Tweed Daily News front page on May 10 suggesting Queensland bikies were looking to set up clubhouses in Tweed.
Geoff Provest, Tweed MP and state secretary for police, said after consulting real estate institutes and the police, he would consider amendments to legislation currently enacted on tattoo parlours that knowingly deal with outlawed gangs to include the real estate industry.
"I can see there's a bit of difficulty. But we need further discussion with our real estate institutes and the industry at large on how we can approach this issue to ensure that any new legislation does not unfairly impact individuals and it is effective in dealing with the problem," Mr Provest said.
"Rules currently enacted for tattoo parlours in relation to the bikies could be expanded in the legislation to include known associates and real estate," he said.
But he said there were challenges in writing legislation aimed at unbadged "cleanskin" bikies who deal on behalf of the criminals.
"Outlaw bikie gangs will use other representatives and fraudulent companies to front their organisations, so it will be hard to target laws.
"We don't want to be like Queensland, where cases are dragged through the court system and do not survive a High Court challenge," Mr Provest said.
Mr Provest denied bikie activity on the Tweed coast.
"In my discussion with senior police, I have been told there has been no movement. I'll be guided by what senior police say and not by some politician that flies in and flies out," Mr Provest said.
Last week in NSW Parliament's Legislative Council, shadow minister for the North Coast Walt Secord asked the NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox what advice NSW Fair Trading had provided to real estate agents on dealing with bikie gangs.