PLEASE SAY HI TO THE 'SWICH OBAMA Barack's Chance to Swing by Ipswich; President Set to Touch Down at Amberley for G20 Summit ... and Golf at Brookwater?

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PLEASE SAY HI TO THE 'SWICH OBAMA Barack's Chance to Swing by Ipswich; President Set to Touch Down at Amberley for G20 Summit ... and Golf at Brookwater?


Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

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. …

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