First bikies charged under anti-association laws

THREE members of  motorcycle gangs have become the first bikies charged under Queensland's controversial anti-association laws after being arrested at a Gold Coast luxury hotel.

The three men, aged 26, 28 and 36, were arrested by Surfers Paradise detectives in the foyer of the Palazzo Versace hotel at Main Beach about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

Under the Newman government's anti-association laws, it is now a criminal offence in Queensland for three or more members of a ''criminal organisation'' to meet in public or at a bikie clubhouse.

Two of the men arrested on Wednesday are allegedly members of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang, while the third is allegedly a member of the Finks, police said.

Their arrest was the first of its kind under the anti-association laws, where three alleged bikies were in the same place at the same time.