With the approval and support of the Town of Victoria Park, police closed the street to coincide with the arrival of Rebels members at a Milford Park industrial centre factory unit to celebrate the opening of their refurbished clubhouse.
Gang Crime Squad Detective Sergeant Keith Neubronner said WA Police wanted the community and Rebels to know that police were aware that the bikies had set up in the suburb.
‘I think it’s in their best interests that the club members behave in a proper manner in this residential and commercial area,’ he said. ‘We were there to provide responsibility for anti-social behaviour management on the night and safety for the community.’
He said 160 club members attended the event and police charged three with minor drug offences, and issued a couple of yellow stickers for bikes and cars.
Several nearby businesses contacted by the Gazette, all of whom asked to remain anonymous, said neither the club nor its members had posed any issues or problems for them in recent months.
One business owner said he had no concerns in the 12 months since moving to the area with no disruptive behaviour during or after business hours.
Just one business owner said noise from loud bikes had been a minor concern, another said the police presence was the first time there had been any disruption in the area due to the clubhouse while another said he had not even realised there was a bikie clubhouse in the area.
Victoria Park acting chief executive Anthony Vuleta said the Town was supportive of police operations in the area.
He said the property, which had council approval as a factory unit, had only been the subject of one comment or query.
Det Sgt Neubronner said neighbours should be ‘100 per cent’ confident about reporting noisy bikes, activities, anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving.