The lights may be on the 20 powerful leaders, but the efforts of the the G20 volunteers can’t be overlooked.
Hundreds of volunteers are making sure everyone enjoys the summit, and the city.
Jacinta Lal reports.
It’s a tough task hosting the greatest meeting in Brisbane.
And who better to showcase this beautiful city, than dedicated local volunteers.
More than 600 of them are lending their hands and showing their smiling faces.
Inside the International Media Centre G20 volunteers are working in the areas of transport, hotels, media and accreditation.
And outside in the city, Brisbane Greeters are roaming the streets, ready to share their knowledge.
It’s a very busy time for them.
With thousands of media, delegates, and travellers from all over the world, here for this weekend.
And the volunteer tours, are very popular.
Sue Hammond, Brisbane Greeter: “Right now in Brisbane we also have a lot to do with the fashion industry, so we have a fashion exhibition to do with the theatre that’s on this side, then over on the museum side there’s a really nice travelling exhibition to do with Japanese fashion at the moment, and what’s really good is that it’s all free.”
The volunteers participate for a range of reasons. They’re here for the experience and to show the best sights of the city.
Janice Cochrane, Brisbane Greeter: “I love meeting people from all around the world and showing them around our beautiful city. I’m very proud of it and I love to show them around.”
James Harrison, Brisbane Greeter: “Why wouldn’t I love my job? This is the most beautiful Pagoda from Nepal and I come here with visitors all the time and they’re absolutely overjoyed to come in and stand in this building and soak up its atmosphere.”
Brisbane Greeters will be giving ongoing tours until 3pm this Sunday.
Jacinta Lal, QUT News.