Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo plan star treatment for Queen’s Baton Relay


The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through Perth in February.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through Perth in February.

COMMUNITY events are planned at Whitfords Nodes Park, Quinns Beach and Wanneroo’s Jacaranda Amphitheatre when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes through the northern suburbs in February.

The City of Joondalup will host an event at the Hillarys park to mark the arrival of the relay baton bearers about 5.30pm on Sunday, February 25, with live music, free children’s activities and food vendors.

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The City of Wanneroo will host two events the following day as the baton arrives at Quinns Beach about 10.30am and central Wanneroo about noon.

The relay will involve about 50 local residents as baton bearers, and the wider community can join in the events watching as they carry the baton around WA in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was an honour for the City to host a leg of the relay as well as holding a community celebration.

“The QBR is a long-time tradition of the Commonwealth Games, promoting community pride and excitement about the world-class sport and entertainment,” he said.

“Events like the QBR also showcase the City’s outstanding natural assets, as we are home to 17km of pristine coastline, most of which will be on display as the QBR makes its way up West Coast Drive.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the community celebrations would be a way to share in the excitement of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“Wanneroo was chosen by the GOLDOC (Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation) to participate and is the only local government in WA afforded the wonderful opportunity to have the Queen’s Baton visit two locations within our City,” she said.

The relay started in the UK on March 31 and is due to reach Australia on December 24, then travel around the country before reaching the Gold Coast on April 4 for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

For more, visit gc2018.|com/qbr.

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