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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Bikies plan legal fight HELENA SIVRIC Geoffrey Nicholson QC speaks to the media with Rebels national president Alex Vella and an unidentified Finks sergeant at arms from the Blacktown chapter in the background at the Rebels' clubhouse in Leppington on Sunday. Picture: CRAIG GREENHILL ~N8093238 THEY wear different colours and live by different club codes, but NSW's warring motorcycle gangs banded together as brothers in arms on Sunday. Putting aside the recent turf violence, senior bikies from the Rebels, Bandidos, God's Squad, Black Uhlans, Finks, Lone Wolf, Comanchero and Hells Angels motorcycle clubs called a truce for the first meeting of the United Motorcycle Council NSW at the Rebels' headquarters at Leppington. Behind the guarded metal gates and fortified clubhouse walls, the council met to begin its challenge against the state's new anti-bikie laws, which threaten their very existence. A council spokesman, known only as ''Fish'', the treasurer of the Sydney chapter of the God's Squad Christian motorcycle club, said the clubs had joined forces and were ''a united voice''. ''We're here to assure the public that there are no ongoing disputes in motorcycle clubs,'' he said. ''We are going to meet as a united forum to have ongoing consultation and resolutions of dispute and (we're) also here to fight legislation that the NSW Government has proposed. ''The clubs are united.'' Under the tough new laws, police can apply to the NSW Supreme Court to have a bikie gang declared a criminal organisation. Gang members who associate with one another can also be charged without warning and face at least two years' jail. Council lawyer Geoffrey Nicholson QC said the Criminal Organisations Control Act passed earlier this month was an attack on basic civil liberties. ''The new laws are not only directed at motorcycle clubs but any club or organisation in the community,'' Mr Nicholson said. ''Today a bike club, perhaps tomorrow a trade union . . . it can affect members speaking to each other, using the telephone and to meet. ''I would like to think that any right-thinking civil libertarian member of the community would like these laws revisited some- how.'' Despite keeping their distance during the meeting police later pulled over several of the bikies as they rode away from the Leppington compound. Three weeks ago an alleged member of the Hells Angels bikie gang was charged with a number of firearms offences after a major police operation in Ashfield. Police searched a house in Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, and seized the 29-year-old man's Hells Angels colours, a Harley-Davidson motorbike and other items, includ- ing three grams of a white, rock- like substance and a NSW police cap. The 29-year-old was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a public place, an unauthorised pistol, ammunition and a pro- hibited weapon. BRIEFLY Butterfly Ball THE Touched By Olivia Foundation's annual Butterfly Ball will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Parkside ballroom, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. All proceeds will go to the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. Tickets are $170 each or $1600 for a table of 10. Go to www.touchedbyolivia.com.au. Rosy future ROSEBANK College will hold an open day this Sunday from 11am to 3pm. ''Parents and their children can see the school and meet with staff, students and other parents in order to make an informed decision about the future of their child's education,'' principal Tom Galea said. Visitors can take guided tours of the grounds and watch drama and choir performances. Rosebank College is an independent Catholic school founded and owned by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. How to survive THE two-day Inner West Small Business Expo starts on Friday. Entitled Surviving the Economic Crisis, the expo was organised by Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Strathfield councils. Day one at Wests Ashfield Leagues includes a business breakfast, lunch workshops and clinics. It costs $85 for the whole day or tickets can be purchased for individual events. On Saturday, each council will hold its own events locally. For more information and bookings, go to www.innerwestbusinessexpo.com. your community news from burwood council This event offers practical advice on navigating the economic crisis from Australia's best financial whizzes! The 2 day event features guest speakers, including the Seven Network's financial commentator David Koch and Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans who will cover topics such as possible impacts of a recession. 1--2May Wests Ashfield Leagues Club 115 Liverpool Road, Ashfield Booking essential: www.innerwestbusinessexpo.com Proudly presented by Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Strathfield Councils. 2127682i iww wk44
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