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Bikie laws crackdown won’t put brakes on charity motorbike ride

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A charity motorbike ride will go ahead on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this weekend despite tough new anti-bikie laws, but the annual Bundaberg Tattoo Show has been cancelled.

The laws, which ban bikie members and associates from congregating, were passed in State Parliament just over a week ago.

Sunday’s Bras n’ Bikes Run on the Sunshine Coast travelling from Caloundra to Kilcoy aims to raise money for breast cancer research, with more than 100 bikers in pink bras taking part.

The charity motorbike group says it would be a low act if police pulled them over during their annual ride.

Co-founder Helen Maurovic says they would be happy to stop for police but she does not expect that to happen.

“It would be really low if we get stopped for whatever reason – I think that would be so low,” she said.

“I just know it’s not going to happen – it is a great cause.

“We keep the money local – we’ve helped Bloomhills in excess of $30,000 over the years and everybody’s happy – it’s a very happy day.”

Co-founder Cheryl Thorpe says police have given her the go-ahead for the annual ride.

“We’ve actually been talking to the Kilcoy police and … the Caloundra police are aware of our run and all the rest of it,” she said.

“We talked to [the] Queensland Police Service – they’ve been actually of help because our run isn’t a super huge long run in distance, and not an enormous amount of people basically.

“We’ve notified our local police and our councils.”

Bundaberg Tattoo Show cancelled

Meanwhile, the annual Bundaberg Tattoo Show has been cancelled due to tough new laws targeting bikie gangs.

More than 300 people were expected at the event this weekend, with some of the $10 entry fee going to charity.

A spokesman confirmed the event had been cancelled because of the new laws, but would not comment further.

It is not known if the Rockhampton Tattoo Show will go ahead next month either.