Jul 18

Tourist attraction not terrorist target

REDLAND City will be a tourist attraction not a terrorist target when next week’s G20 summit is held in Brisbane.

Redland’s ports, beaches and beauty spots evaded a “terror hit list”, revelaed in leaked documents from a “high-level” intelligence briefing last week.

Questions were raised about the safety of people in outlying regions, including the Gold Coast, after the list revealed targets including Brisbane’s RNA showgrounds, Suncorp Stadium’s bus terminal, South Bank’s cultural precinct, and Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.

But Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek ferry terminals and the Capalaba bus station were given the all-clear.

However, Bayside residents have been warned to brace for an influx of tourists and public transport disruptions over the long weekend, which starts on Friday, November 14, when Brisbane’s CBD shuts down.

Queensland police said not to expect a large police contingency on Redland streets as more than 420 police officers would leave the bayside to work at the South Bank conference.

Police, regularly based in Redland City, have been barred from taking holidays until after the event.

The police exodus was nothing to be concerned about, according to Redland City chief executive Bill Lyon.

Mr Lyon said the council was unaware of any “elevated risk” to the city during the conference, which will draw leaders from the world’s top 20 countries to Brisbane.

He said council was in constant communication with Queensland Police and had no information that any part of the Redlands was at a heightened risk or a potential target.

Redland council joined forces with Tourism and Events Queensland to attract people to the area and is offering a tourism package including kayaking, wine tasting, koalas at Indigi-Scapes, 4WD on North Stradbroke Island, swimming at a freshwater lake, sand boarding and a beach barbecue.

Assistant Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said police “were well advanced” with information about suburban protests outside the city’s CBD and were adequately equipped to deal with the event.

“Large events like this aren’t just locally based. People will travel to events like this.”

Those from Redland travelling to the city on the train during the summit will not be able to get off at South Brisbane station.

Cleveland trains will be diverted through Tennyson starting from Monday and will run express between South Bank and Roma Street until Wednesday, November 12.

Buses passing through South Bank are expected to run as normal until Thursday, November 13, when CBD bus stops and busway stations between Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Woolloongabba will close.

Bus services between Redlands and the city, as well as connections at Carindale, will stop at hubs in Boggo Road, Woolloongabba and Fortitude Valley.

Regular shuttles will operate between these hubs and the city.

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