There are fears security personnel could outnumber local residents in the CBD during the G20 weekend. Photo: Glenn Hunt
There are fears security personnel could outnumber local residents in the CBD during the G20 weekend. Photo: Glenn Hunt

G20 turning Brisbane into a ghost town for workers

SO, where the bloody hell are ya?

Eight years after Lara Bingle infamously asked the question of international tourists, Brisbane City Council is practically asking the same of city residents ahead of this weekend's G20 world leaders summit.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk's publicly aired fears Brisbane's CBD would become a ghost town over the three days appear to be headed towards fruition, with many city workers already seizing the opportunity to work from home in the week leading up to the summit.

Cr Quirk insisted he was not concerned on Tuesday morning but by the afternoon's Brisbane City Council meeting at City Hall, various councillors were at pains to stress the city remained open for business.

But opposition leader Milton Dick said after an 18 month campaign warning residents of the difficulty of getting into the city during the summit, it was too little, too late.

Cr Quirk acknowledged numbers were down in the city and urged people to come in to soak up the atmosphere.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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