Queen’s Baton Relay

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Armidale Regional Council is preparing for the Queen’s Baton Relay. After travelling an astonishing 288 days throughout the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton will arrive on Australian soil in Brisbane on 24 December 2017, having shared the dream of GC2018 with over one third of the world’s population.

From its arrival until 24 January 2018, the Queen’s Baton will engage with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country, starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

The Queen’s Baton will scale Sydney Harbour Bridge, celebrate the Taste of Tasmania festival, be a part of the tennis action in Perth and Brisbane, hit the roads at the Tour Down Under in South Australia and respect the magic that is Uluru at sunset. The complete list of January activity is available at gc2018.com/qbr.

From 25 January 2018, the QBR will shift gears to a more traditional relay starting in Canberra, where the Queen’s Baton will join Australia Day celebrations, before continuing in the hands of approximately 3,800 batonbearers through every state and territory.

As the Queen’s Baton travels the length and breadth of Australia, it will not just pass through, but spend quality time in the communities it visits, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations along the way.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.

Find out when and where the Queen’s Baton will be in your region at gc2018.com/qbr. People can now see where the Relay will travel, which streets will be lined with crowds, and the celebration dates to mark in their calendars across the 100-day journey in Australia leading up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Armidale’s Queen’s Baton Relay Experience – What you need to know!

The residents of Armidale can start planning for their Queens Baton Relay experience as it passes through Armidale on February 1, 2018 on its way to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. Come and join in on the celebrations by lining the streets of Armidale to cheer on our local heroes who have been given the wonderful honour of being a Batonbearer on the Armidale leg.
Our Baton Bearers

20 Batonbearers selected from the region have been given the honour to take part in the Baton Relay on its Armidale leg.
Batonbearers are:

  • Fiona Bedford – Gymea Bay
  • Gregory Blanch – Armidale
  • David Boundy – Armidale
  • William Brunsden – Armidale
  • Jock Bullen – Armidale
  • Dennis Carson – Armidale
  • Chris Doherty – Armidale
  • Kay Endres – Armidale
  • Bruce Favell – Carina
  • Julia Gates – Armidale
  • Ron Jackson – Yarrowyck
  • Rochelle Joyce – Armidale
  • Anthony Kelly – Armidale
  • Aiden Kunkka – Arding
  • George Lowrey – Inverell
  • Sara Lynch – Armidale
  • Wayne Sharp – Armidale
  • Steven Widders – Armidale

The baton will leave Armidale City Public School at 9:41am heading north down Faulkner Street, before turning right on to Rusden Street. From Rusden Street the Baton Bearer will turn north into Marsh Street and enter the Beardy Street Mall. The Mall will be a wonderful vantage point to view the relay, as it will traverse the entire length from east, central and west all the way down to Beardy Street past Armidale Central, through the Markham Street intersection and then right into Butler Street.

The relay will then turn right onto Dumaresq Street to Curtis Park, which will be the final destination of the Armidale leg at 10:28am.

There will a short 10 minute celebration at Curtis Park, before the relay heads out of the city towards Ebor.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said the Queen’s Baton Relay was a chance to share in our civic pride, celebrate our local Batonbearers and share in the excitement of the Commonwealth Games.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is an iconic part of the Commonwealth Games and we are excited to have it come through Armidale,” said Cr Murray.

“Council has been working hard to prepare for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. A Traffic Management Plan is in place for the relay route, invitations have been sent out to all the schools in the region and a special community celebration has been planned. It will be a wonderful celebration of our unique region.”

There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate the Baton Relay visiting Armidale with Council hosting a community celebration in Curtis and Civic Parks from 9am. Live entertainment and a free community breakfast will be available.

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