Queen's Baton Relay to arrive in Bendigo next week

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The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Bendigo on Wednesday February 14, on its way to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The relay will travel from near the Queen Elizabeth Oval down View Street, then along Pall Mall to Chapel Street and make a loop through Hargreaves, Williamson and Myers Streets, before heading out along Napier Street to Lake Weeroona where the Baton will depart Bendigo.

An official welcome for the Baton Relay will be held at the Rosalind Park Piazza at 9am.

The route through the Bendigo CBD will require the closure of the city centre for most of the morning and detours will be in place.

After travelling 288 days throughout the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton arrived on Australian soil in Brisbane on December 24, 2017.

As the Queen’s Baton travels the length and breadth of Australia, the QBR will not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community 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 April 4, 2018, where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.

City of Greater Bendigo Tourism and Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis said it was fantastic for Bendigo to be able to host the relay.

“We are pleased to host the Queen’s Baton Relay in Bendigo and we know our community will support the event,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

“We have worked closely with Victoria Police and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation to ensure adequate safety and security measures for the Baton relay.

“We understand the route will inconvenience people who work in the CBD and the many businesses in the CBD, but we hope that people will be able to make alternative arrangements for the morning.

“We encourage commuters to ride, walk or take public transport to work, or to arrange someone to drop them off at the edge of the exclusion zone.”

Maps and frequently asked questions are available at the City’s website www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/queensbaton

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