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Baton Relay in Morwell

  • Baton Relay in Morwell

Community celebrates as the Queen's Baton comes to town

Morwell residents are being alerted to street closures on Sunday as the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay makes its way from the Centenary Rose Garden to Immigration Park at Kernot Hall.

17 baton bearers will carry it through the town, with the final leg into the park by Paralympian and Latrobe City Young Citizen of the Year 2017 Emily Beecroft.

The special celebration will run between 10am and 1pm with live music from the Strzelecki Stringbusters and Damien Leith.

Another Baton Relay event will be held in Warragul on Sunday afternoon.

Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Darrell White said it's a delight to host the Morwell stage of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay and the Community Celebration.

“Hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay is not only an exciting opportunity for us, it’s a way to highlight and promote the Latrobe City community to people in Australia and the world who have been following the Queen’s Baton’s extraordinary journey,” Cr White said.

The community is being encouraged to line the streets and support the baton bearers.

“It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate the people that make our community great.”

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The Queen’s Baton will arrive at the free community celebration at Immigration Park, Kernot Hall at 11.15am.

Entertainment will feature local band, The Strzelecki Stringbusters from 10.20am and renowned singer-songwriter Damien Leith from 11.30am. A welcome to Country, provided by Christine Johnstone will be held at 10am.

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest in history, travelling a record 388 days and 230,000km around the world. In Australia, the Queen’s Baton is traversing 40,000km, travelling through every state and territory for 100 days.

The Gold Coast Games will be held between 4 and 15 April. They will be the biggest event to be staged in Australia in a decade.