The big day is almost here for the 14 baton bearers chosen to participate in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay when it arrives in Narrandera Shire on Sunday.
These baton bearers have been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton in Narrandera, bringing the excitement of the Games to the local community.
People are encouraged to line the streets and support these local baton bearers.
There will also be a community celebration at Narrandera Sportsground at 12.30pm where the public can come together and share the spirit of the Relay and the Games.
Mayor Cr Neville Kschenka said he was delighted Narrandera Shire will be hosting the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay.
“Hosting the Relay is not only an exciting opportunity for us, it’s a way to highlight and promote the Narrandera Shire to people in Australia and the world who have been following the Queen’s Baton extraordinary journey.”
“It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate the people that make our community great.”
Narrandera Council has appealed to the local community to begin preparations for their involvement in the Relay.
The Queen’s Baton will depart from Marie Bashir Park on Sunday at 12.54pm, travel north along Cadell Street, east along Whitton Street to East Street.
The convoy will continue south along East Street to Victoria Square and then east along Victoria Avenue and enter the Narrandera Sportsground.
The event will conclude at Narrandera Sportsground for a special community celebration from 12.30pm to 2pm.
Traffic management with road closures along the route will be in place to ensure safe passage of the relay.
Road closures will be in place at the following locations:
• Cadell Street – Audley Street to Whitton Street
• Whitton Street – Cadell Street to East Street
• East Street – Whitton Street to Audley Street
• Victoria Avenue – East Street to Elizabeth Street
The road closure will also impact the following streets:
• Elwin Street – from Cadell Street to East Street
• King Street – from Cadell Street to East Street
• Douglas Street – from Cadell Street to East Street
• Bolton Street – from Cadell Street to East Street.
These road closures are anticipated to occur from 11.30am to 2pm on January 28.
It is proposed that once the relay convoy is safely clear of the Newell Highway (Cadell and Whitton Streets) and travelling south along East Street that the Newell Highway will be re-opened to normal through traffic. This may occur before 2pm.
The road closures are a result of consultation undertaken by the Transport Management Centre, Road and Maritime Services, NSW Police and Narrandera Council.
The Relay is the longest in history, travelling a record 388 days and 230,000km around the world.
In Australia, it is traversing 40,000km, travelling through every state and territory for 100 days.
The Gold Coast Games will be held between April 4-15 and will be the biggest event to be staged in Australia in a decade.
Eight Narrandera residents have been selected among thousands of baton-bearers across Australia who will to be a part of history and carry the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)
Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes its way through Narrandera to the Games’ Opening Ceremony.
Narrandera’s contingent includes Rachael Hyde, Lilly Hewitt, Gerry Daly, Jack Langley, Simon Lee, Rosemary Orr, Sharyn Rowlands and Bruce Waters. They will be joined for the Narrandera part of the journey by Norm Harrison and Kiara Pham of Leeton, Trinity Murphy of Wagga, Gary Roberts of Kooringal and Keith Shannon of Kamarah.
The feature baton bearers for Narrandera will be Rachael Hyde and Lilly Hewitt.
Two other Narrandera Shire residents, Jodie Landy and Heather White of Barellan, will be among the Griffith celebration
They are among 3,800 Australians who will carry the Queen’s Baton on its 100-day journey across the nation in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The lists of names was compiled by judging panels in each state and territory, allowing local knowledge to play the greatest possible role in the selection process.
Baton bearers will wear official uniforms.