Not everything on the agenda was serious for the G20 leaders.

They took time out to enjoy light entertainment and Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, toured a key Brisbane infrastructure project with links to Italy.

Jacinta Lal reports.


Leaders wrapped up their first day yesterday with a working dinner at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

It was a chance for them and their partners to enjoy some socialising against a backdrop of the Colour Me Brisbane light-show.

Inside at a private dinner they were treated to the best produce Queensland has to offer and a cultural show.

This morning, it was back to business, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi inspected the Legacy Way project.

Privately owned Italian company Ghella is involved in the construction of the city’s newest toll-road, due to open next year.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “The company very much representing the Italians here, in the form of Ghella, have done a tremendous job with Brisbane’s biggest piece of infrastructure.”

Mr Renzi says common values, ideas and dreams could be the bridge between a stronger friendship between Italy and Australia.

And he made it known Italy has much more to offer.

Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister: “Made in Italy is not only fashion, it’s not only tie, it’s not only pasta pizza, made in Italy is IT technology, great quality of engineering and a capacity to build a future.”

He’s the first Italian Prime Minister to visit Australia, and says it’s not his last.

Legacy Way will be 4.6 kms long.

The $1.5 billion tunnel will connect Brisbane’s western and northern suburbs.

Jacinta Lal, QUT News.