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Excitement Building for Queen’s Baton Relay Welcome

THE excitement ahead of the Queen’s Baton welcome to Kilcoy on Tuesday, 27 March is building.

Residents, Geoff Blogg, Ariah Edwards, Rachael Harper, Matthew Heck, Graham King and Sage Volschenk have been honoured to carry the Queen’s Baton in Kilcoy, bringing the excitement of the games to Somerset.

Somerset Regional Council will be hosting the Somerset Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebrations from 1pm to 4pm in the sports oval adjacent to the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre.

The free celebrations will include live entertainment, children’s amusements, food stalls, various performances, community group stalls and displays in preparation for welcoming in the Queen’s Baton Relay and Somerset batonbearers to the stage as it travels through Kilcoy.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said this was a fantastic opportunity for Somerset, and in particular Kilcoy, to be showcased to the rest of the world.

“These celebrations are inclusive and are an opportunity for all Somerset residents to be part of history,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The Queen’s Baton will spend some time in Kilcoy so this is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to get on board and support this fantastic community event in our region.”

Residents are being encouraged to participate in the free community celebrations and line the streets as the Baton makes its way through Kilcoy along Seib Street, William Street, Mary Street and Hope Street before joining in the community celebrations beside the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre.

Road closures and on street parking restrictions will be in place during the event. Parking will be available at Hopetoun Sportsfield with access via Seib Street.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018 to declare the Games officially open.