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g20 (1)Friday, 14 November 2014 has recently been proclaimed a public holiday for the Brisbane Region for the G20 Leaders Summit to assist in preparations for the Summit being held on the weekend of 15 and 16 November.

Friday, 14 November 2014 has recently been proclaimed a public holiday for the Brisbane Region for the G20 Leaders Summit to assist in preparations for the Summit being held on the weekend of 15 and 16 November.

The G20 will be one of the biggest events Brisbane has seen, attracting up to 25 world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, seven heads of international organisations, 4,000 delegates and 3,000 domestic and international media.

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 is hoped to bring on-going tourism benefits, as well as business interest which will generate long term investment and encourage more international business relationships.

As you would imagine the G20 requires important security considerations and the public holiday on the Friday 14th November will help ease the impact on Brisbane city, reducing traffic and allowing final preparations to take place.

The primary venue for the G20 will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

Similar to the Brisbane Ekka public holiday, entitlements are not based on a person's place of residence but on their work location.

Although a public holiday it will be business as usual for shops in the CBD and Brisbane region.

The Australian Government, Queensland Police Service, Brisbane City Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads are working together to minimise disruption to residents and businesses in the CBD and South Bank precinct, road closures, changes to public transport and limited bridge access is expected from Friday 14 November until Sunday 16 November. Arrangements will be communicated to Brisbane locals through a public awareness campaign from October 2014.

If you are keen to be a part of the G20 celebrations the Taskforce will be recruiting 700 volunteers. Volunteers will help enhance the reputation of Australia as a friendly face that will showcase Brisbane, Queensland and Australia.

For further information on the G20 Leaders Summit including volunteer information, FAQs and much more can be found on the G20 website.