Relay countdown begins

THE 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton will visit the area in 31 days' time, with celebrations to be held at Murrabit and Kerang.

Gannawarra Shire Council has confirmed what attractions will be based at Murrabit Group School and Atkinson Park, Kerang when the baton visits the area on Friday, February 16.

Celebrations will begin at Murrabit Group School at 10.30am, where people can view the baton, containing a message from Queen Elizabeth II that will be read at the XXI Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony on April 4.

Entertainment will occur during the morning, with a barbecue lunch to be served.

Those visiting the town will be able to witness 10 well-known local residents carry the baton relay as it travels along Browning Avenue, Gonn Avenue, Laursen Street, Whiter Street and Danson Street from 11.29am.

Baton bearers will then head south along Gonn Avenue to the entrance of the Murrabit Golf Club, where the baton will be taken by road to Kerang

Meanwhile, Atkinson Park will be the final stop of the relay's visit to Kerang during the afternoon, with celebrations to begin at 1.30pm.

A number of prominent current and former residents, headlined by former Australian netballer, Julie Corletto, will carry the baton during the Kerang leg, which begins at St Joseph's Primary School.

The contingent will take the baton to Kerang Primary School via Burgoyne Street, Murray Street, Wattle Avenue, Nolan Street, Wyndham Street and Victoria Street.

Following a brief stop at Kerang Primary School, the relay will be taken to Atkinson Park via Victoria Street and Wellington Street in readiness for renowned performer, John Williamson to take the baton to the park for the celebrations.

People will be able to view the baton, listen to interviews from relay participants and hear live music during the festivities.

A variety of food trucks will be on-site, with the Kerang Swimming Pool to be open for free from 3.30pm.

HONOUR: Murrabit Group School principal, Neil Hopkins will be the first person to carry the Queen's Baton during celebrations at Murrabit on February 16.

HONOUR: Murrabit Group School principal, Neil Hopkins will be the first person to carry the Queen's Baton during celebrations at Murrabit on February 16.

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