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Qld police use Eve for G20 practice

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Queensland police say they will use New Year’s Eve to prepare for when Brisbane hosts the G20 in 2014.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating says up to 2700 officers will be on duty statewide on Tuesday night.

He says more than 200,000 people are expected to welcome in 2014 in the centre of Brisbane alone, plus tens of thousands more in other cities and towns.

Around 80,000 of those are expected in the South Bank cultural quarter, which will host the world leaders’ summit in November.

“We can build on the experiences we have had for many years with these types of events in the city,” Mr Keating told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s a good lesson for any event in the future in the South Bank area and that includes the G20.” 

Mr Keating said the large police contingent will be keeping a close eye on everything from anti-social behaviour to drink driving.

Alcohol bans are in place in areas including the South Bank.

Up to 600 officers will be on duty in Brisbane and a similar number on the Gold Coast.

“I’ve never met anybody who enjoyed waking up in the watchhouse on New Year’s Day – it’s not a really nice way to start your new year,” Mr Keating said.

“For that matter you don’t want to end up in a hospital waiting room or an emergency centre.”