Senior Police and politicians are playing down fears of an outbreak of bikie violence on the Gold Coast, following the murder of a Comanchero and an associate.
The body of Shane Ross was discovered at Martin Sheils Park in Burleigh Heads on Monday afternoon.
He was discovered only a kilometre from where his friend Cameron Martin died following a high speed car crash at Tallebudgera on Friday night.
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The deaths are being treated as a double homicide with Mr Martin found to have suffered a puncture wound to the chest before the crash.
Mr Ross had suffered a significant head wound, believed to be from a gunshot.
Detectives believe the pair had gone to the park on Friday for a pre-arranged meeting but are still piecing together exactly what happened.
Sources have told myGC that Mr Ross was being chased for debts.
The Gold Coast’s top cop, Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins, says it appears to be a targeted attack and is not a sign that a fresh bikie war is about to break out.
“Any crime or violence that occurs is concerning, whether it involves members of outlaw motorcycle gangs or not,” Asst Comm. Wilkins said.
“This is an isolated issue, it’s an extremely violent attack, and I can assure the people of the Gold Coast that they are safe and there’s no reemergence, in my mind, of bikies across the Gold Coast.”
Assistant Commissioner Wilkins says an unprecedented number of detectives are now working on the investigation.
“We will work relentlessly on that investigation, it’s ramped up significantly, and that investigation is ongoing. But I do expect that we will get a positive outcome.”
Police Minister Mark Ryan told State Parliament that Police have the issue of bikies under control.
“Our anti-organised crime legislation is the strongest in the nation. It is the strongest, toughest and most comprehensive legislation in the nation,” Mr Ryan said.
“Last year our police made the highest number of arrests of members of organised crime groups since Taskforce Maxima was formed.
“Data shows that patched OMCG membership in Queensland continues to decline.”
However, the latest incident has led to renewed calls for an increase in Police numbers on the Gold Coast.
Mayor Tom Tate says the Gold Coast deserves and needs more officers.
“The police do a wonderful job, they can’t lobby the government, but I can, and I say that we want more police in the city of the Gold Coast, our fair share,” Mayor Tate said.
More than 1,000 officers are based permanently on the Gold Coast with another 20 heading here by the end of the financial year.
Assistant Commissioner Wilkins insists the number of officers on the Coast is about right.
“It’s not about more police, it’s about us having the police in the right place at the right time.
“That’s done purely through intelligence-driven patrols and having proactive strategies to actually prevent crime before it happens.”
Mayor Tate also warned the State Government against watering down anti-bikie laws.
“Campbell Newman got that one right, where he introduced the rapid taskforce and resourced it properly, and I would say to the State Ggovernment here, you can see what worked, and to dial it back and go softer on crime – that doesn’t work.”