New intelligence on specific protest dates has led Queensland police to expand the restricted and declared G20 zones in Brisbane.
Brisbane’s declared and restricted zones for G20 world leaders’ forum have been expanded after police were told of specific protest dates.
Sections of Russell, Hope, Glenelg, Melbourne and Merivale streets in South Brisbane have been added as restricted zones from November 1.
The area around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will be central to the summit and a sophisticated security operation, governed by the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013, which was passed in October 2013.
Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said a number of hotels have been added as restricted areas, including Gambaro Hotel, the Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove Resort and the Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane.
But Mr Barnett said the changes weren’t related to the heightened terror threat level or recent counter-terror raids in Brisbane and Sydney.
“All of these requests were made to cabinet a number of weeks ago and long before there was a change in the national security level,” Mr Barnett told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.
Restricted areas will require commonwealth accreditation for access, while declared zones will allow some public access.
Police have been granted extra search powers for people within declared areas.
One of the most significant changes means the Southbank Cultural Precinct will become a restricted area on November 15.
The Brisbane central declared area, which covers the CBD, has not changed, however the dates have been expanded from November 8 to November 15.
“Part of the reason why some of these changes have been made is that we’ve become aware that there will be a series of protests from the 8th onwards,” Mr Barnett said.
Police had been engaging with local protest groups and had no intelligence to suggest international figures would be travelling to voice their opinions.
“They’re entitled to protest wherever they want, aside from the restricted areas where you need accreditation,” Mr Barnett said.
“There’s groups, indigenous groups, environmental groups. There’s a range of people who have points of view they would like to express.”
Maps of the declared and restricted zones are available on the QPS website.