The G20 Leaders’ Summit is fast approaching and that means Brisbane is about to be inundated with world leaders, resulting in traffic changes, road closures and extensive security measures. Here’s everything you need to know about the G20, all in one place.

What is the G20 and why is it coming to Brisbane?

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a group of major advanced and emerging economies. The G20 includes 19 countries and the European Union. The G20 is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation. Brisbane is the host city for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. The summit will be held on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank. Based on attendance at previous G20 meetings, the summit will attract up to 4,000 delegates and up to 3,000 domestic and international media representatives.

Who are the G20 members?

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and European Union.

What’s on the G20 agenda?

In 2014, the G20 is moving to address the global growth challenge in an ambitious and meaningful way.

In February, G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors committed to developing new measures with the aim of raising the level of G20 output by at least 2 per cent above the currently projected level in the next five years. This will make a significant difference – a boost of over $2 trillion to global GDP with the promise of millions of additional jobs.The Brisbane Action Plan, to be discussed by leaders during the Brisbane summit next week, will put in place short and medium-term actions to help achieve this growth ambition. To deliver on this ambition, this collective commitment needs to be translated into specific actions by each country.

The G20 also has a significant role in ensuring that international and domestic economic policies work together to protect the global economy against future shocks. Restoring business and investor confidence requires addressing the causes of the global financial crisis and ensuring financial stability.

Who gets a public holiday?

Friday 14 November 2014 will be a public holiday for people who work in the Brisbane Local Government Area. If you get the Ekka holiday, you should get this one, but to confirm if you work in this area visit the Queensland Electoral Commission’s interactive map.

Where are the Restricted Areas?

These areas will have a physical barrier preventing people from entering them. Only people who are accredited by the G20 Taskforce will be allowed access to these areas.

    • Rydges Hotel South Brisbane​​: November 12
    • ​South Bank Cultural Precinct South Brisbane: ​Midnight November 14 to Midnight November 15
    • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Concourse Plaza: November 1-11
    • Hilton Hotel Brisbane: November 13
    • ​Sofitel Hotel Brisbane: November 13
    • ​Gambaro Hotel Brisbane: November 14 ​
    • Pullman Hotel: November 9
    • ​Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove Resort: November 9
    • ​​Royal on the Park Hotel: November 10
    • ​Marriott Hotel: November 11
    • ​Stamford Hotel: November 11
    • ​Novotel Hotel Spring Hill: November 12
    • ​Four Points by Sheraton: November 12
    • ​South Bank Piazza Carpark South Brisbane: November 12
    • Royal National Association RNA Showgrounds: November 7
    • ​Treasury Casino Hotel Brisbane: November 9
    • ​Suncorp Stadium bus terminal Milton: November 9

Where are the Declared Areas?

These are the areas that additional police powers may be used in. In other words, it’s the buffer security area around the accommodation and meeting venues. Within this area, people will be able to go about their business as normal, however there may be impacts to some roads and public transport.

  • ​Central area Brisbane: November 8
  • ​Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove Resort: November 9
  • ​Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa: November 9
  • ​Palazzo Versace Main Beach: November 9
  • Brisbane Airport at Eagle Farm: November 14

What do I need to know about police searches?

Police will consider searching members of the public who enter a declared area if it is “reasonably suspected that a person is carrying prohibited items and intends to use them unlawfully’’.

There are three types of searches:

  • Risk: May include a quick ‘pat-down’ search of the person and an examination of anything worn or carried by the person
  • Specific search: May involve, if necessary, the removal of clothing
  • Removal of headwear to check identity for security reasons, which will be done in a private place by a person of the same sex if necessary

Which items are banned in the restricted and declared zones?

The following items are all ‘banned’ in the restricted and declared zones, but don’t panic — you’ll only have a problem if you’re carrying the item with intent to disrupt the event.

  • A spear gun
  • A replica of a firearm, crossbow, longbow or spear gun
  • An arrow
  • A blowpipe
  • A handcuffs
  • A whip
  • A device capable of being used to interfere with broadcast or communication devices, including, for example, a communications jamming device
  • A cattle prod or other electrical device used for the management of livestock or other animals
  • An explosive, including, for example, fireworks or flares
  • Glass bottles or jars
  • A category A, B, C, D, E, H, M or R weapon
  • An antique firearm
  • A knife
  • A major component part of a firearm
  • A shanghai
  • A slingshot
  • A sword
  • A captive bolt humane killer
  • An explosive tool
  • A bow, whether a longbow, a compound bow or another type of bow
  • Metal cans or tins
  • Projectiles, including, for example, stones, ball bearings or eggs
  • Hand tools
  • Metal spikes, nails or tacks
  • A placard or banner to which a timber, metal or plastic pole is attached or a banner more than 100cm high by 200cm wide
  • A noxious or offensive substance, including, for example, urine or animal manure an offensive weapon, including anything used as a weapon or capable of being used as a weapon, including, for example, a baseball bat or fence paling being carried by a person participating in an assembly
  • A graffiti instrument within the meaning of the Summary Offences Act 2005
  • A reptile, insect or other animal capable of causing physical harm if released in close proximity to a person
  • An item (including, for example, a lock-on device or sleeping dragon) capable of either attaching a person to an object or another person or impeding removal of any locking or connecting device
  • A chain, cable or anything else capable of securing objects together for the purpose of causing an obstruction
  • A communication device, other than a mobile phone or other telephone, capable of being used to organise activity designed to disrupt any part of the G20 meeting, including, for example, a two-way radio or a loud hailer, whether powered or not
  • Part or all of a traffic barrier
  • A thing capable of emitting a sound loud enough to disrupt the part of the G20 meeting, including, for example, a horn or a hand-held marine warning device
  • A thing capable of emitting a sound that can distress or upset a dog or horse
  • A smoke bomb or other smoke device
  • An object commonly known as paint bomb, flour bomb or similar item capable of being thrown or propelled, including, for example, a paper bag containing flour that is intended to be thrown or a plastic container containing paint that is intended to be thrown
  • A thing that is not a weapon but is capable of being used to cause harm to a person
  • Flammable substances A
  • A laser pointer a laser device capable of being shone onto an aircraft or of projecting an image
  • A thing capable of being used to climb a barrier
  • A thing capable of being used to construct a stage, platform, tripod or tower or a structure similar to a stage, platform, tripod or tower, other than a camera tripod
  • A thing capable of disguising or concealing the identity of a person including camouflage paint or cream, a mask or a balaclava, but not including head wear, worn by a member of a religious group, of a type customarily worn by members of the group
  • A manually operated surf ski or surfboard, kayak, boat or canoe
  • A floatation device
  • A kite or other device suspended by airflow and controlled by a string or cord attached to it
  • A remotely controlled device, including a vehicle or a model of a vehicle, including, for example, any of the following operated by remote control – (a) a toy car (b) a model plane (c) a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle
  • A thing purporting to be a Commonwealth accreditation or access approval, that is not genuine
  • A thing purporting to be an identity card for an appointed person or a police officer, that is not genuine
  • Any other thing prescribed under a regulation

How will traffic be affected during G20?

Due to the nature and scale of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, and to ensure a safe and secure meeting environment, changes to Brisbane’s traffic and transport network are required for 10-17 November 2014 and particularly over the Summit long weekend, being 14, 15 and 16 November.People living, working or travelling into or through the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) and South Brisbane can expect significant changes to the operation of the traffic and transport network. This will result in increased journey times for motorists and changes to parking and public transport.

Impacts will be greatest in the Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane and routes to and from the airport and CBD, and there may be flow-on effects and congestion across Brisbane. Taxi companies and other transport providers will be subject to the same delays.

How will public transport be affected by G20?

There will be reduced public transport services in the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane. Alternative public transport services will be in place, however they will differ from normal timetables. Keep up-to-date with public transport changes by visiting the Translink website or calling 13 12 30 before you travel.

Public transport outside of the inner city should operate as normal. The majority of train, bus and ferry services within Brisbane will run to a public holiday timetable on Friday 14 November.

For more information about public transport, visit the Translink website or call 13 12 30 anytime.

Public transport – 10-13 November

Trains will run express through South Brisbane station. If you need to access South Brisbane, you will need to get on or off the train at South Bank station.

Bus services that operate through the Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane or between the Brisbane CBD and the airport can expect minor disruptions and changes to bus stops. From 7pm Thursday 13 November bus stops throughout Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane and all busway stations between Woolloongabba and RCH Herston will be progressively closed. Major disruptions in these locations can be expected after this time.

Ferries will operate as normal.

Public transport – Summit long weekend (14-16 November)

Trains will be one of the best options for public transport over the long weekend. Although South Brisbane station will be closed (with no trains passing through this station), passengers on the Cleveland and Gold Coast lines will still be able to access the city with diversions along the Tennyson Loop. Beenleigh train lines will operate between South Bank and Beenleigh stations. Beenleigh passengers needing to travel to the city will need to transfer onto diverted Cleveland or Gold Coast trains. All other train lines will operate as normal.

Bus services operating within the Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane and Cultural Centre precinct will have major disruptions over the G20 long weekend with no normal scheduled services running. Buses will be diverted to transport hubs on the outskirts of the city where passengers can transfer to trains or dedicated shuttles that will travel to limited locations within the inner city. Alternative travel options will be available to ensure passengers are able to get to key locations. Delays, extra transfers and additional walk time should be expected.

Ferries will operate as normal.

Public transport outside the inner city should operate as normal. Train, bus and ferry services within Brisbane will run to a public holiday timetable on Friday 14 November.

Where are the G20 transport hubs?

  • Fortitude Valley: with a bus shuttle to the CBD via Ann and Turbot Streets
  • Boggo Road busway station: with bus shuttles operating every 5-10 minutes to either South Bank or Herschel Street in the CBD via the Captain Cook Bridge
  • Woolloongabba: where you can transfer on to route 200 or 204 services that will be diverted over the Story Bridge into the Fortitude Valley hub
  • Spring Hill, Upper Edward Street: located within walking distance of the city and central station
  • Toowong: where you can transfer to a train
  • West End: located within walking distance of the city but West End residents might prefer to catch a bus to the West End ferry terminal and catch a CityCat to the city

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How will Brisbane Airport be affected?

There will be disruptions to the road network to and from the airport over the summit long weekend. The Airtrain is the best way to travel to and from the airport over the summit long weekend as the service will not be subject to delays. For details on service times please visit airtrain.com.au.

While diversions will be in place to assist motorists avoid congestion, there are likely to be delays as a result of greater travel distances. People driving to and from the airport should plan to arrive early and allow extra travel time.

Taxi services and other transport companies will be subject to the same traffic impacts and these services will also incur additional travel time.

Flight delays can be expected due to special arrangements for State Aircraft. The peak period for delays is likely to be throughout the day on Friday 14 November and on Sunday afternoon. Travellers should contact their airline closer to the flight time to confirm if any flight delays are expected. Check bne.com.au for updates.

How will the Brisbane River be affected?

Brisbane River will be closed to vessels between the Go-Between Bridge and the Story Bridge from Thursday 13 November to Monday 17 November. Public transport will still operate. Visit Maritime Saftey Queensland for more information.

Where will the road closures be?

Limited road closures will be in place in inner Brisbane from Monday 10 November. Motorists will experience delays from 7pm Thursday 13 November to late Sunday 16 November. Motorists should plan their trip and allow for extra time ahead of their journey. Signage will indicate alternative access routes when closures are in place. Roads will be reopened as quickly as possible once the G20 Leaders’ Summit concludes on Sunday 16 November. It may take several hours to reopen roads, reinstate signage and remove barriers.

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Brisbane CBD

Closures from 12:01am Tuesday 11 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Adelaide Street: Closed in-bound between Ivory Street and Queen Street. Out-bound traffic will operate as normal.
  • Ivory Street: Closed in-bound between Brunswick Street and Ann Street and Story Bridge and Ann Street. Out bound traffic will operate as normal.
  • Queen Street: One lane closed in-bound, from the intersection of Adelaide and Queens Streets for approximately 100 metres. Out-bound traffic will operate as usual.

Closures from 7:00pm Thursday 13 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Alice Street, Ann Street, Roma Street, Turbot Street and Edward Street: Lane closures with through traffic permitted.
  • Victoria Bridge: Closed to traffic, pedestrian access maintained on the northside. Cyclists are encouraged to use Kurilpa Bridge.
  • William Street/North Quay: Closed between Ann and Margaret Streets.
  • Queens Wharf Road: Exit and entry via William Street will be closed, access will be available from the south.
  • Adelaide Street: Closed between George Street and North Quay.

Closures from 12:01am Saturday 15 November to 11:59pm Sunday 16 November:

  • Queen Street: Closed in-bound between Ann Street and Wharf Street
  • Queen Street: Closed out-bound between Wharf Street and Adelaide Street
  • Adelaide Street: Closed out-bound between Macrossan Street and Queen Street. Note: This results in a full road closure given in-bound closure from Tuesday 11 November.

Closures from 5:00pm to 11:59pm Saturday 15 November:

  • William Jolly Bridge: Closed to southbound traffic.

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South Brisbane

Closures from Monday morning 10 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Russell Street: Closed between Grey Street and South Bank Promenade.

Closures from Tuesday morning 11 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Grey Street: Closed between Melbourne Street and Glenelg Street.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Merivale Street and railway overpass.

Closures from Thursday morning 13 November to 5.00am Monday 17 November:

  • Hope Street: Closed between Peel Street and Melbourne Street. Local access will be maintained.

Closures from 7.00pm Thursday 13 November to 5.00am Monday 17 November:

  • Victoria Bridge: Closed.
  • Melbourne Street: Closed between Victoria Bridge and Cordelia Street.
  • Merivale Street: Closed between Melbourne Street and Ernest Street.
  • Merivale Street: Closed between Peel Street and Melbourne Street. Local access will be maintained.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Grey Street and railway overpass.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Cordelia Street and Merivale Street. Local access will be maintained between Cordelia and Merivale Street.
  • Grey Street: Closed between Peel and Melbourne Street.
  • Grey Street: Closed between Glenelg and Ernest Street.
  • Russell Street: Closed between Cordelia and Merivale Street. Local access will be maintained.
  • Little Stanley Street: Closed between Ernest Street and Glenelg Street. Local access will be maintained.

South Bank Car Park: Access to the South Bank car park via be available from the Tribune Street entrance.

The following road closures will be in place on Saturday 15 November:

  • William Jolly Bridge: Closed southbound only and the eastern footpath will be closed (5.00pm – midnight).
  • Grey Street: Closed southbound, between William Jolly Bridge and Peel Street and the eastern footpath will be closed (5.00pm – midnight).
  • Stanley Place: Closed between Montague Road and Grey Street (5.00am – midnight).
  • Montague Road: Closed between Hope Street and Stanley Place (3.00pm – midnight).
  • Cultural Centre Tunnel: Closed (5.00am – midnight).

Closures from Monday morning 10 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Russell Street: Closed between Grey Street and South Bank Promenade.

Closures from Tuesday morning 11 November to 5:00am Monday 17 November:

  • Grey Street: Closed between Melbourne Street and Glenelg Street.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Merivale Street and railway overpass.

Closures from Thursday morning 13 November to 5.00am Monday 17 November:

  • Hope Street: Closed between Peel Street and Melbourne Street. Local access will be maintained.

Closures from 7.00pm Thursday 13 November to 5.00am Monday 17 November:

  • Victoria Bridge: Closed.
  • Melbourne Street: Closed between Victoria Bridge and Cordelia Street.
  • Merivale Street: Closed between Melbourne Street and Ernest Street.
  • Merivale Street: Closed between Peel Street and Melbourne Street. Local access will be maintained.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Grey Street and railway overpass.
  • Glenelg Street: Closed between Cordelia Street and Merivale Street. Local access will be maintained between Cordelia and Merivale Street.
  • Grey Street: Closed between Peel and Melbourne Street.
  • Grey Street: Closed between Glenelg and Ernest Street.
  • Russell Street: Closed between Cordelia and Merivale Street. Local access will be maintained.
  • Little Stanley Street: Closed between Ernest Street and Glenelg Street. Local access will be maintained.

The following road closures will be in place on Saturday 15 November:

  • William Jolly Bridge: Closed southbound only and the eastern footpath will be closed (5.00pm – midnight).
  • Grey Street: Closed southbound, between William Jolly Bridge and Peel Street and the eastern footpath will be closed (5.00pm – midnight).
  • Stanley Place: Closed between Montague Road and Grey Street (5.00am – midnight).
  • Montague Road: Closed between Hope Street and Stanley Place (3.00pm – midnight).
  • Cultural Centre Tunnel: Closed (5.00am – midnight).

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Brisbane Showgrounds

Changed traffic conditions can be expected along O’Connell Terrace. Wren Street (between Campbell Street and O’Connell Terrace) and Waldon Lane will be closed to through traffic with local access provided.

How will parking be affected by G20?

Brisbane CBD parking

There will be reduced on-street parking in the Brisbane CBD. Parking changes will be implemented from Sunday 9 November with significantly reduced parking from 7:00pm Thursday 13 November through to 5.00am Monday 17 November. It is expected that all commercial off-street car parks in the Brisbane CBD will operate as usual over the long weekend.

South Brisbane parking

Road closures in South Brisbane will require temporary changes to on-street parking in the areas stated below. This will include changes to taxi ranks and loading zones and will result in a number of “No Standing – Tow Away” areas:

  • Grey Street: Eastside between Glenelg Street and Ernest Street.
  • Grey Street: Westside between Ernest Street and Tribune Street.
  • Grey Street: Westside between Melbourne Street and Peel Street.
  • Little Stanley Street: Between Glenelg Street and Tribune Street.
  • Ernest Street: Northside, between Cordelia Street and Merivale Street.
  • Merivale Street: Both sides between Montague Road and Melbourne Street.
  • Hope Street: Both sides between Peel and Melbourne Street.
  • Hope Street: Westside, between Montague and Peel Street.
  • Hope Street: Eastside (partial), between Montague St and Peel Street.

The following car parks will also be closed:

  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC):  21 October to 22 November.
  • Cultural Precinct Car Parks (QPAC Riverside Car Park, Art Gallery Museum Car Park and Stanley Place Car Park): 7am Friday 14 November to 8.30am Sunday 16 November.

Brisbane Showgrounds parking

 Temporary changes to on-street parking will be in place around Brisbane Showground. Parking restrictions will be in place along:

  • O’Connell Terrace: Southside (Monday 10 November – Monday 17 November inclusive).
  • Gregory Terrace: Both sides between Brookes Street and Alexandria Street (Monday 3 November – Monday 17 November inclusive).
  • Gregory Terrace: Between Bowen Bridge Road and Alexandria Street (Thursday evening 13 November – midnight Sunday 16 November.

Free parking

Parking will be free at King George Square and Wickham Terrace for the G20 long weekend.There are 500 car parks and 30 motorcycle parks in King George Square car park, and 630 car parks and 10 motorcycles in Wickham Terrace car park.

How will G20 affect tolls?

Tolls will be free for all motorists travelling on the Go Between Bridge and Gateway Bridges during the G20 Summit weekend.

Will waste collection be affected by G20?

Wherever possible waste services across Brisbane will operate as normal during G20.Residents and businesses should continue to present their bins the night before collection.

There will be a requirement for some residential, commercial and street bin waste collection schedules to be amended. Residents may notice vehicles operating at times other than when they are normally active. Collections are being coordinated around activities related to G20 in the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) and other road and lane closures.

If your bins are not collected on your normal service day, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 to log a service request.

How do I keep up to date on G20 changes?

Now that the big week is here, has your attitude towards the G20 changed at all? Are you caught up in the G20 spirit, or do you wish Barack and his mates would just stay home? Let us know in the comments below!

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