Warragul Eagerly Awaits the Commonwealth Games Baton

Published on 07 February 2018

The Queen's Baton continues its journey around Australia and is on its way to Warragul this Sunday 11 February ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Arriving in Melbourne on 10 February, the Queen's Baton will travel across Victoria for seven days, including Morwell, Warragul and then continue to Frankston this Sunday.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci is encouraging the community to come along and share in the celebrations with plenty of family friendly fun planned to mark this once in a lifetime event.

“The main festivities will kick off at Warragul’s Civic Park from 11.30am and run through until 2.30pm. There will be plenty of children’s entertainment, a free healthy barbecue, music and activities from local community and sporting groups”, said the Mayor.

“You’ll even get a chance to share time with the baton and meet the 10 local legends that were selected to be a part of history by carrying the baton.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a long running tradition of the Commonwealth Games and we are so excited that it is visiting us here in Warragul. I hope to see as many of the community out and about this Sunday to support our local batonbearers and really get behind this special event.”

Community members are also encouraged to line streets of the baton route and cheer on the batonbearers are they pass through.

Community Celebration

From 11.30am to 2.30pm at Civic park, Warragul, including:

  • Free BBQ provided by the Drouin, Warragul & Districts Apex Club.
  • Coffee van and milkshakes available from Gippsland Jersey.
  • Musical entertainment by the Warragul Regional College music students, local band Acoustic Reprise and the Strzelecki Stringbusters.
  • Kids fun with face painting and roving characters Poppy Troll, Peppa Pig and Chase from Paw Patrol.
  • Baton on display for a short time following relay.
  • Growing Together Baw Baw planting activities.
  • Australian native wildlife interactions for children.
  • Activity/come and try zone including Storm Elite All Stars cheerleading performances, come and try badminton with the Mid Gippsland Junior Badminton Association.
  • Olivia’s Place parent tent.

Baton Relay Route

Time   Location Batonbearer 
1.17pm Warragul Leisure Centre  Tracey Jilbert 
1.19pm Burke Street (near CFA training track) Neville Hurford 
1.22pm  Corner of Burke and Howitt Streets  Peter Ketelaar 
1.24pm Howitt Street (opposite Logan Park) Kathy Watt
1.27pm Alfred Street (in front of Factory One) Harvey Scott
1.37pm Lionel Rose Statue Lee-Anne McLean
1.39pm Smith Street Centopath David Green
1.42pm  Smith Street (between Palmerston and Barkly Streets) Stephen Plumb
1.44pm Albert Street Roundabout Noah Lafrantz
1.46pm Civic Place Gwenneth Gilbert

To see a detailed map, download the Queen’s Baton Relay Route Map (Print Version).

Changes to Traffic and Parking Conditions

The baton travels with a moving convoy, which means there will be a rolling road closure in place throughout the relay. Traffic management plans are in place to try to minimise traffic congestion and impacts during the relay.

For a full list of road closures, please visit Changes to Traffic and Parking Conditions.

All carparks along the affected route will be closed from early Sunday morning and reopen after the event at approximately 2.00pm.

We encourage attendees to walk, cycle or catch public transport to the event where possible. If it is necessary to drive to the event, we encourage carpooling and use the car parks listed in full at Changes to Traffic and Parking Conditions.

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