Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay to visit Ararat in February

Anticipation is building as Ararat Rural City prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay in February

Ararat Rural City Council staff have been liaising with Commonwealth Games officials, VicRoads and Victoria Police for several months as the finishing touches are put into place. A route has been confirmed, with the Queen’s Baton to commence from Ararat College at approximately 4.50pm on February 13.

The Queen's Baton will continue a tour around Australia before finishing its journey at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

The region’s Batonbearers, including former Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly, will carry the Queen’s Baton along Barkly Street, left into Albert Street and back along High Street before entering Alexandra Gardens and finally concluding at Alexandra Oval Community Centre.

Ararat Rural City Council Mayor Glenda McLean said family activities would take place at Alexandra Oval following the relay.

“This will be a wonderful event for Ararat and we feel very lucky to have been selected to host the Queen’s Baton Relay so close to the start of the Commonwealth Games,” she said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our region to the world. I encourage the whole community to get behind this event.”

The relay is expected to take about half an hour. A number of road closures will be in place throughout the afternoon, with more details to follow in the weeks ahead.

Businesses that will be affected will be contacted directly.