Brisbane prepare to come to a halt at next month’s G20.
More than 20 streets and bridges in the CBD and South Brisbane, will be shut down – and it will cause major disruptions.
Taryn Watt reports.
From the 13th of November people using public transport will need to look at alternatives.
For a week buses will terminate outside the city.
Passengers will then be transfered onto a shuttle bus service into the CBD.
This is what the secure zone will look like.
It will stretch from Fortitude Valley to Hamilton including Kangaroo Point and South Bank where the actual summit will be held.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says that those travelling to the city should allow extra time for their journey.
Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane: “What we want to see in our city, is a city that is very much operating like any other long weekend.”
Just how much impact the lock down will have is still unclear.
Local businesses located in the red zone are nervous the exclusion areas, road closures, hightened security and possibility of protesters will disrupt businesses and may even force them to close for the weekend.
Michael McMhaon, Cafe Owner: “It’s going to be tight security, everybody might be scared to move, protesting, it’s going to be hard.”
But the Lord Mayor is encouraging businesses to stay open throught the G20 weekend and to take full advantage of the seven thousand delegates and foreign media who’ll be in town.
The G20 summitt itself offically runs from the 15th to 16th of Novemeber but the road closures and disruptions to the city will begin on the 11th and run untill Monday the 17th.
Taryn Watt, QUT News.