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Police claim it's the end of the Rebels as we've known them

A motorcyclist rides by checking out the burned out clubhouse belonging to the Rebels.
A motorcyclist rides by checking out the burned out clubhouse belonging to the Rebels. Robyne Cuerel

THE era of organised bikie crime on the Fraser Coast is over, with revelations that the Hervey Bay chapter of the Rebels has disbanded.

Police yesterday confirmed that every member of the outlaw motorcycle club had handed in their colours over the past couple of months.

And they certainly went out with one last bang - a suspicious fire destroyed their former clubhouse in the Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Estate on Tuesday.

"We believe the Hervey Bay chapter of the Rebels had become non-existent prior to the fire," Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs said.

"(Members) are not leaving town, they still reside in Hervey Bay.

"We will be talking to former members as part of the fire investigation."

When asked if the disbanding of the club had come about due to a police operation, Det Snr Sgt Colfs said "the community has expectations that police will deal with organised crime".

"And that is what outlaw motorcycle gangs are," she said.

"They are an outlaw club. That's what the one percent (patch) stands for."

Investigations into the suspicious fire will continue today.

Firefighters said it took an hour to get the blaze under control when they arrived at the former clubhouse on Southern Cross Circuit, Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Estate, just after 11.30pm Tuesday.

"Two people saw smoke and flames and called Triple-0," station officer Neil Probert said.

"The unit was well-engulfed in fire.

"We managed to stop it spreading but there was heat damage to the unit next door.

"Two taxis parked near the building were also damaged."

Det Snr Sgt Colfs said the clubhouse was a unit owned by one of the former Rebels members.

It had been used by the club since the council approved a request to use the industrial tenancy for indoor recreation in 2010.

Det Snr Sgt Colfs encouraged anyone with any information on the fire to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  clubhouse, fire, gang, hervey bay, rebels



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