In November 2014, Brisbane will host the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit, the principal forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making. Over the days of the event, Brisbane will become capital city of the world, with leaders from the world's most influential economies gathering in our city.
Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15 and 16 November, the event is expected to attract more than 4000 officials and 3000 media representatives from around the world.
The G20's permanent membership comprises of 19 of the world's most powerful countries plus the European Union. Guest countries including Singapore and New Zealand, and international organisations are also invited to attend. As an annual event, the G20 gives world leaders the chance to share ideas and outline visions regarding key international issues.
G20 is the most significant international event held in Brisbane since the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Expo 88. It will showcase Brisbane as a world class destination for business, tourism, education and events.
The economic benefits to Brisbane are expected to run in excess of $100 million, with an upsurge in trade for local shops, hotels, and restaurants.
All eyes will turn to Brisbane with the G20 attracting significant national and international media coverage. This worldwide attention will bring on-going tourism benefits, as well as business interest which will generate long term investment and encourage more international business relationships.
In the lead up to the 2014 summit, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has asked Brisbane Marketing to work on a series of initiatives to ensure the city fully capitalises on the opportunities that come from the global spotlight falling on this event.
Council will work closely with residents and businesses to ensure the city remains open and accessible throughout the event. Services such as waste collection, public transport and street maintenance will continue with as few disruptions as possible. Any changes to normal services will be communicated to the community in advance of the G20 Leaders Summit.
Most of the city will remain unaffected with normal services being available for a long weekend. Council's aim throughout the event is to balance the needs of Brisbane's businesses and residents with the safety and security requirements of Commonwealth and State Governments.
There will be some impact such as some changes to public transport in and around the Central Business District and South Bank, some road closures and diversions, and some changes to services in directly affected areas.
Queensland Government has declared a public holiday for the Brisbane Local Government Area on Friday 14 November 2014 to help manage impacts around the city. Details of this holiday can be found on the Queensland Government website.
Brisbane and Queensland’s role as host for the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit provides opportunity to showcase our city and state to the world as a great place to visit, learn and do business with.
In 2013, the Queensland 20 (Q20) group was established to help ensure that Queensland gains the maximum benefit from Australia’s G20 presidency year. The group brings together leaders from government, business and education sectors to champion Queensland’s diverse economy, including the resources, construction, education, agriculture and tourism sectors.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is the City of Brisbane’s representative on the Q20 group and is working to establish and promote business, trade and tourism opportunities for Brisbane throughout Australia’s G20 presidency year.
The Q20 is chaired by Catherine Tanna, chairman of BG Australia. Catherine is a member of the Business 20 (B20) group.
In addition to Q20 there are a number of other associated groups who will meet throughout the year to provide input into the G20 agenda. These groups include representatives from G20 countries and will help identify issues, solutions and actions from a range of perspectives including business (B20), labour (L20), civil society (C20), youth (Y20) and think tanks (T20).
The Prime Minister of Australia is the Chair of the G20 in 2014. A G20 Taskforce has been set up in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to coordinate the whole-of-government policy agenda, manage host year operations and coordinate security for the G20 meetings in 2014.
For any general enquiries or for more information on the G20 Leaders Summit you can:
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While the G20 Leaders Summit is on in the city head north, south, east and west to experience free family fun in Brisbane's suburban parks. Find out what's on.
If you have a G20 enquiry that specifically relates to Brisbane City Council activities and services, email the Council G20 team.