US President Barack Obama set to touch down at Amberley for G20 summit ... and golf at Brookwater?
US President Barack Obama set to touch down at Amberley for G20 summit ... and golf at Brookwater? Bang Showbiz

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US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is tipped to touch down at Amberley's RAAF Base when he visits Australia for the G20 Summit in November.

President Obama will join world leaders for the summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16, which will be held under the tightest security imaginable.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who has been briefed by the State Government on G20 security plans, said Amberley was the safest and best option for President Obama.

He has also invited the world's most powerful man to swing by Ipswich and sample some of the city's attractions.

President Obama is also a keen golfer so Cr Pisasale has invited him for a round at Brookwater Golf Club. But the serious business of landing President Obama and his entourage must be dealt with first.

The president mostly travels in a US Air Force jet, known as Air Force One. That term is used to refer to one of two highly customised Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.

"No one knows what his security arrangements are, but at Amberley we have the highest security base," Cr Pisasale said.

"If his plane is going to land anywhere ... I don't think they would be doing the president justice if they didn't land here because this is the safest place.

"Amberley is the largest air force base in Australia, and it is the safest and the most secure. As a military base it is more secure than a commercial airport.

"As a city, we have the best partnership of anywhere with a military base. The people of the city support it. It is the home of the Super Hornets and we are here to look after the president.

"The President of the United States looks after the defence of the world, and I think it would be a great honour to meet someone of that influence."

Cr Pisasale has also extended President Obama an open invitation to visit Ipswich.

"Wherever the president lands and goes, it will triple your economy," he said.

"The number of people that follow the president around would fill your restaurants. I don't know what our chances are, but we've had Prince William and other dignitaries here.

"If he is going to be this close, then he should drop in and say g'day and cuddle a koala. It is only a couple of minutes out of his way and he'd make a lot of people happy. I'd be happy to welcome him."

Cr Pisasale has offered to take President Obama for a round of golf, and present him with some mementos.

"We've got the best golf course in Australia here," he said.

"The president will not have experienced Australia until he has had a Paul Pisasale coffee cup and a round of golf."

G20 Brisbane

  • The G20 summit brings together the leaders of the world's 20 most economically powerful nations.
  • The Brisbane summit will be the ninth such meeting and will take place on November 15-16.
  • To facilitate the event, November 14 will be a public holiday in Brisbane.
  • Previous G20 summits have attracted violent protests and a massive security lockdown is planned for Brisbane CBD between November 14-17.


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