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Witness the Queen’s Baton Relay

It’s taken one year and close to 230,000km to reach us, however, in just 3 days’ time, all eyes will be on our region as the Queen’s Baton Relay takes place on Commonwealth Day, Monday 12 March.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The GC2018 Relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.
Mayor Liz Schmidt said she is looking forward to seeing the Queen’s Baton Relay. “This is a once in a lifetime event to be experienced by our community. The Nation and the world will be watching as the Baton visits our region. Let's show the world our great community. Line the streets, show your support to the batonbearers and then come and share in the celebration at Centenary Park.”
35 batonbearers will take part in the Relay, which will start in Pentland at approximately 12:30pm. The Baton will travel along the Flinders Highway and into Mill Street, where it will stop for a short time for the Pentland Community Celebration.
Homestead will receive the Baton at approximately 1:30pm as it continues its journey along the Flinders Highway. A short Community Celebration will begin at 1:45pm. The Charters Towers leg will begin at Brownson Park at 4:30pm and travel towards Gill Street, before finally reaching Centenary Park at 5:30pm, for a “Party in the Party” celebration.
The “Party in the Park” is a free community event that will provide a great afternoon of entertainment with 2017 The Voice winner, Judah Kelly playing live, along with kid’s comedian, Sean Murphy. Other local talent will provide great family entertainment.
Road closures will be in effect along the Relay’s route before the Baton arrives at each destination. During the “Party in the Park” celebration at Centenary Park, Churchill Street (behind the park) will be closed to traffic from approximately 2pm until late, with only local and emergency vehicle access.
OG 9 March 2018