THE Queen’s Baton Relay will make it’s way through Rockingham next Friday, taking in our area’s stunning coastline from Shoalwater to the Rockingham Foreshore.
Rockingham is fortunate to be one of the selected ‘celebration communities’ hosting the relay for several legs of its journey towards the Gold Coast.
Secret Harbour resident Robert Bates and Falcon resident John Ree are just two residents bestowed with the honour of carrying the baton through the QBR’s Rockingham leg.
Mr Bates is an avid surf lifesaver with Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club where he has contributed more than 500 patrolling hours and raised tens of thousands of dollars in grants sponsorship for the club.
“I am looking forward to it. I never thought I would get called up there must be at least 10,000 others who are just as worthy to carry the baton,” he said.
“I did not realise how much interest it’s generated – it is fantastic for the area especially around Penguin Island.”
Mr Ree is a retired fire fighter and has been an active member of St John Ambulance for more than 59 years.
He has given in excess of 15,000 volunteer hours and holds the title of Knight of the Order of St John.
His sporting passion is hockey and has represented Western Australia in many interstate and overseas competitions.
“All the kids and grandkids are coming to watch me carry the baton – some are taking the day off work,” he said.
“It’s not going through every town so I hope people get out and enjoy the event.”
Both men will join 16 other baton bearers for the Rockingham leg.
Where to see the relay
You can watch the relay from Mersey Point after 3.30pm for a quick trip across to Penguin Island before the baton makes it’s way back to the mainland at Mersey Point.
From there baton bearers will follow a route to Churchill Park where it is expected to arrive at 5.30pm.
The baton will leave Rockingham at 6pm for it’s next leg of the journey to Rottnest Island.
A community celebration with live performances, free children’s activities, and a sausage sizzle is on from 4.30pm – 7pm at Churchill Park.
Road closures will be occurring in two stages along the Queen’s Baton Relay route
Stage 1: from 3.30pm to 5pm
Arcadia Drive (northbound only) closed from Penguin Rd.
Boundary Road (eastbound only) closed.
Detours will be in place.
Stage 2: from 5pm to 5.30pm
Hymus Street (northbound only) closed from Parkin Street,
Esplanade Rd (eastbound only) closed from Hymus Street to Val St.
Detours will be in place.
The southbound and westbound lanes will still be open throughout the closures.
Parking will be available at
– Mersey Point Car park
– Lions Park Reserve
– Corner of Arcadia Drive and Boundary Rd
– Rotary Park
– Gary Holland Community Centre