The world's eyes are set to be focused on Belligen on Thursday when the Queen's Baton Relay heads to town.
In the lead up to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, 11 baton bearers will carry the baton through the township.
Having arrived in Australia on Christmas Day, the baton will travel 40,000 kilometres over the final 100 days of its 388
day journey, visiting all states and territories.
Bellingen is one of 18 communities around Australia selected to host a leg of the baton relay.
All roads where the baton is to be carried will be closed to traffic for the duration of the relay event as follows:
- 1.48pm Starts at St Marys Primary School and travels to Bellingen Public School on Lovell Street (via Park and Bowra Streets).
- From Bellingen Public School baton travel along William Street, turning left into Oak Street where it will then make its way down Hyde Street.
- 2:11pm Arrives at Maam Gaduying Park.
- Ten minute stop to include Welcome to Country from Dylan Kelly accompanied by dancers from Bellingen High School.
- 2.21pm Baton heads east along the Waterfall Way.
- 2.32pm Baton arrives at Bellingen High School which concludes the Bellingen leg.
The celebration in the park will commence at 12:30pm with entertainment by students of Bellingen Primary and Bellingen High Schools as well as musicians, Rivers Dance Centre and Kaya Boom drummers and dancers.