New public holiday for Brisbane in lead up to G20 summit
BRISBANE will score an extra public holiday in November next year to help authorities lock down part of the city ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit.
Unfortunately, the free day will not be extended to the rest of the state or even outlying parts of Brisbane, only the Brisbane local government area.
Employers within the area will have to give workers the day off, even if they are commuting in from areas not covered.
On Friday, November 14 - the day before the weekend conference begins - the Queensland Government expects road closures around Brisbane's city and South Bank.
The $350 million event will bring 25 international heads-of-state - including United States President Barack Obama - to Brisbane, along with 4000 delegates and 3000 media workers from across Australia and overseas.
The Queensland capital will be subject to a huge security net to protect the US president and other delegates.
Premier Campbell Newman said the public holiday would ease disruptions but shops would remain open.
"This will be a major boost to the local and state economy and the many large and small businesses in the city," he said.