Excitement, anticipation and maybe a little indifference for the G20 Leaders’ Summit continues to build in Brisbane, but you may not realise just how much it will affect your life.

The G20 Leaders’ Summit is set to be held on Saturday 15 November and Sunday 16 November and the principal meeting venue will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Bank.

Here’s what you need to know about life during G20

Where you can and can’t go

During the G20 there will be three types of security areas in Brisbane: Restricted Areas, Declared Areas and Motorcade Routes.

The Restricted Areas are the meeting venues in Brisbane, as well as the hotels that delegates will be staying in. 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.

The Declared Areas are the geographical 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.

When leaders are travelling between the airport and their accommodation venues, and between their hotels to the conference venues, the Queensland Police Service will declare some roads within the declared area to be Motorcade Routes. While motorcades are travelling, members of the public will not be able to drive on these roads. When motorcades have passed through, the roads will open up to the public. The motorcade routes will be published online before the areas are closed off.

Restricted areas

  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Rydges Hotel
  • Treasury Casino and Hotel
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Marriott Hotel
  • Novotel Hotel
  • Pullman Hotel
  • Royal National Association Showground (including the International Convention Centre)
  • Royal on the Park Hotel
  • Sofitel Hotel
  • Stamford ‘Plaza’ Hotel
  • Suncorp Stadium Bus Terminal

UPDATE: Small areas of Brisbane’s airport and South Bank’s Piazza have recently been added to the restricted zone. This means the public will also be restricted from South Bank Cultural Precinct for the entire Saturday of the conference on 15 November. There will therefore be no access to the Queensland Art Galley, the State Library of Queensland or the Gallery of Modern Art from that Saturday until the following Monday morning.

Declared areas

  • Gate 20, Brisbane Airport
  • Brisbane City
  • South Brisbane
  • Spring Hill
  • Kangaroo Point
  • Bowen Hills

Police presence

According to the Queensland Police Service, they will be working with Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies along with a wide range of community members and businesses in the planning and execution of Queensland-based G20 events.

At this stage, Queensland Police say they have no plan or intention to lock down the city of Brisbane. G20 events will be interwoven with business as usual as far as possible, however some residents and businesses located near the restricted areas in South Bank may experience some disruptions in the immediate lead-up to, and during, the G20 events.

If you think you may be impacted as part of the G20 events in Queensland and would like further information on what to do or what to expect in your specific location, call Policelink on 131 444 or email policelink@police.qld.gov.au.

Public transport and parking

The greatest disruption to transport arrangements will occur between Friday 14 November and Sunday 16 November.

Temporary road closures are required during this time (specifically in the Brisbane CBD, South Bank, and routes to and from the airport). Changes to public transport timetabling in the Brisbane CBD and South Bank should also be expected. The re-routing of services and the early termination of services may cause delays and people should leave extra time ahead of their journey.

The car park in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will be the only carpark in the South Bank precinct that will close in the lead-up to, and during, the G20 Leaders’ Summit. People should plan to use alternative carparks or take public transport.

Public holidays

Yes, the excitement is justified — we are getting a public holiday! Friday November 14 is a public holiday for the Brisbane Local Government area. The holiday is based on a person’s place of work, rather than their place of residence, similar to the Ekka public holiday.

Prohibited items you don’t want to be caught carrying

In the lead-up to the G20, Queensland passed a law that prohibits a number of items from being carried through security areas during the summit. The G20 designated security zone will include an area stretching north-south from Bowen Hills to South Brisbane, and extending west to Lang Park and east to Kangaroo Point.

Most of the items on the banned list are obvious no-nos and include weapons, knives, slingshots, antique firearms, replica firearms and explosives, swords and spear guns.

However, some of the items are a little less expected — you also don’t want to be caught carrying glass jars, eggs, tin cans, reptiles, insects, camouflage paint or materials, surfboards, kayaks, boats, canoes and kites.  Anyone carrying these items could face a fine of up to $5,500!

What are your thoughts on the G20 Leaders’ Summit? Have you made any preparations or plans? Let us know below!