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Newman appoints ex-soldier to destroy bikie gangs

A RETIRED brigadier who served in Somalia and as an international observer for United Nations is the latest recruit in Queensland's war on outlaw bikie gangs.

Bill Mellor is a former army officer and military colleague of Premier Campbell Newman agreed last month to lead the government's "strategic monitoring team" against the gangs.

His mission will include developing a plan to destroy Queensland's outlaw motorcycle clubs entirely.

Brigadier Mellor will serve on a 1- month contract, replacing his current appointment as the disaster recovery co-ordinator for south Queensland.

According to a brief released by the Premier's office on Thursday, Brigadier Mellor's was installed for his background in military operations and a "demonstrated ability" to deliver.

The Brigadier began his military career with the RAAF and the Army, gaining his wings as an Army helicopter pilot in 1973.

Brigadier Mellor acted as a military attache in Washington for the Army from 2000 to 2003 for his final posting before launching his own security consulting firm.

The Premier's office has been sought for further comment.


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