Everything You Need To Know As The Queen's Baton Hits Gosford On Saturday

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29 January 2018

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The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class Event of sports and culture to come. Its heading to the Central Coast on Saturday 3 February 2018.
The Relay is the longest continual promotion of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth
Games (GC2018). It provides an organic global reach for GC2018 across the 288-day
International sector and the 100-day domestic sector throughout Australia.
The goal of the QBR Family Fun Hub event is to raise awareness of the Baton to local residents, creating excitement in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games that will be held in the Gold Coast, QLD - March 2018. We are also aiming to showcase the Central Coast in its best light, highlighting our wonderful assets such as our arts/culture precincts at Laycock theatre, sporting grounds at Central Coast Stadium and our beautiful waterways at Gosford Waterfront Park and Swimming Pool.
In order to do this we will create an interactive, Family Fun event focusing on enhancing these assets around the Central Coast. Central Coast Council has recognised that a family and community focussed picnic with live entertainment and music will be achievable to reach our objectives at Central Coast Stadium. This will be achieved by including history and cultural connections of the area and embracing local talent, celebrities and entertainment.
To encourage event participation the event program will be geared towards the water, community, togetherness and healthy living and food, with the key goal for participants to experience a once in a life time event.
Queen Baton Relay – QBR Family Fun Hub is to link with the Central Coast Council, Community and Local Hero’s to celebrate and host a unique experience as part of the lead up the Commonwealth Games.
It will be a family friendly event which celebrates the local talent from around the region focusing on our amazing assets along our waterways.
It is an easy day trip for Central Coast residents with the added attraction of experiencing a worldwide event in their own back yard as part of the Commonwealth Games.
The Baton relay will begin at Laycock Theatre at 11.30am heading down Mann Street, Gosford with the community event happening at Central Coast Stadium. The Community event will be a free event where the Community can view the Baton as it makes its way into the Stadium with official speeches and ceremonies. There will be kid’s activity zones with particular themes to cater for all ages, live music, picnic hampers and picnic areas where people can sit back and enjoy the entertainment. There will also be roving entertainers that will engage with the audience and really capture the Festival vibe.
The Baton will then continue to Gosford Olympic Swimming Pool following the waterfront and highlighting our main and popular asset – Brisbane Waters.
The Baton will then proceed onto Sydney for the next Batonbearer stop with celebrations continuing at Central Coast Stadium for the afternoon.
The event will bring a unique experience to all and entice people to stay and enjoy the Community spirit as well as being a part of a worldwide event.

Follow the Baton Journey: https://www.gc2018.com/qbr
Commonwealth Games 2018 – Gold Coast: https://www.gc2018.com/

Road Closures

There will be scheduled full road closures within Gosford CBD to coincide with the Queens Baton Relay.

Friday 2 February 2018
From 6pm Friday 2 February until 3pm on Saturday 3 February
Gosford Olympic Pool carpark - Full closure of carpark and boat ramp
Saturday 3 February 2018

10:00am - 11:17am

Laycock Street between Henry Parry Drive and Pacific Highway

11:17am – 11:48am

Pacific Hwy / Mann Street between Laycock Street and Donnison Street
Donnison Street between Mann Street and Dane Drive

11:48am – 12:05pm   

Dane Drive, Central Coast Stadium

12:05pm – 12:16pm

Central Coast Hwy between Dane Drive roundabout and Masons Parade
Central Coast Hwy re-opens

1:12pm – 1.30pm

Central Coast Hwy between Masons Parade to Dane Drive roundabout


Gosford Olympic Pool carpark and boat ramp re-opens

Please Note:
Road closures are subject to change at the direction of the Brisbane Water Local Area Command.

  • The roads will be fully closed with no resident or business access during these times.
  • During this period we ask that you please follow the detour signage that will be installed.
  • Pedestrian access will still be permitted throughout this period.

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