Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Kingaroy
UPDATE: We had 19 South Burnett residents selected to carry the Queen's Baton as part of the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
They circled through Kingaroy before finishing in Memorial Park where an eager crowd had gathered to greet them.
Hundreds of residents turned out for the celebration in Memorial Park.
Mayor Keith Campbell and South Burnett Regional Councillors, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray and many others attended the event, hosted by Damien Martoo.
The highlight, of course, was the arrival of the baton itself.
4.30PM: The Queen's Baton Relay has arrived in Kingaroy.
Don't miss the celebrations in Memorial Park at 5.30pm.
Here is a list of road closures.
Rolling Road Closures
Note the roads will re-open once the relay convoy has passed through.
- 3pm Kingaroy St (between Haly St and Avoca St)
- 3pm Glendon St (between Haly St and Markwell St)
- 3pm Alford St West and Alford St East of Glendon St
- 3pm Markwell St (between eastern side Glendon St and Youngman St)
- 3pm Closure of entrance and exits to Kingaroy Shoppingworld (Glendon & Markwell Sts) and carpark behind Broadway Hotel (Glendon St)
- 3pm Baron St, River Rd and Kingaroy St
- 3pm Haly St and Jarrah St intersection
- 3pm Edward St (between Albert St and Youngman St)
- 4pm Markwell St (between Youngman St and William St)
- 4pm Markwell St (western side of William St)
- 4pm William St (southern side of Markwell St)
- 4pm Alford St (both sides of the William St intersection)
- 4pm Closure of Markwell St entrance to Aldi carpark
- 4.30pm Closure of Avoca St and Kingaroy St intersection
- 4.30pm Trussell St and Freemans Lane at Youngman St
- 4.30pm King St (eastern side of Youngman St)
Want to know when and where each of our baton bearers will take the baton? Click the icons in the map below.
EARLIER: THE 2018 Commonwealth Games is only a few weeks away but the South Burnett will get a taste of the action a little earlier when the Queen's Baton Relay passes through Kingaroy.
The relay, which heads to Kingaroy on Tuesday, March 27, will start on Baron St, beside the town common and make its way north along Kingaroy St.
It will turn right at Haly St, left at King St and left again on Youngman St before looping through Glendon St and onto the Memorial Park via Markwell St.
In total about 20 runners will contribute to the relay.
Councillor Roz Frohloff said the council would throw a party in Memorial Park to celebrate the occasion.
"Last time the Commonwealth Games was in Australia it was 2006 and it was hosted in Melbourne so this is big for us because we are quite close the Gold Coast," she said.
The festivities in the park will start at 4pm, with the relay baton due to arrive at about 5.30pm.
"We'll have free face painting, free rides, there'll be food stalls available, there'll also be a heap of demonstrations from schools and sport associations," Cr Frohloff said.
"At 8.30pm it will conclude with fireworks."
There will be some road closures due to the relay but Cr Frohloff said it would be minimal.
"As soon as the cavalcade of the baton relay goes through we'll open them as soon as possible," she said.
"I hope everyone gets down to the park and enjoys this baton relay."
Our batonbearers include Rowena Dionysius and Craig Lucas.