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Queen's Baton Relay a Success

Record Numbers Line the streets of Nowra for Queen’s Baton Relay.

Shoalhaven celebrated the arrival of Day 42 the Queen’s Baton Relay with thousands of people lining the streets of Nowra to cheer on our local baton bearers.

Crowds lined the Shoalhaven River foreshore to witness the Royal Australian Navy Romeo Helicopter fly the Queen’s Baton Relay into Nowra.

Nineteen chosen baton bearers carried the baton with pride through the streets of Nowra with great fanfare and excitement before finally reaching a traditional Indigenous Welcome at the lawns on the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said she was incredibly overwhelmed by the support of crowds that lined the streets of Nowra for the event and how the town celebrated this momentous celebration.

“Shoalhaven City Council has been working closely with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation to ensure a safe event took place and it was amazing to see everyone line the relay route to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations,” Cl Findley said.

“I am so proud of our Queen’s Baton Relay Baton Bearers who represented our community and the community groups, Navy, schools and businesses that took part in this historic event.  It was really a truly emotional occasion to see our baton bearers hold the baton with honour.

“Nowra’s Aquatic Park celebrated first, boasted 350 people to the free pool party in the afternoon and the Nowra CBD and Entertainment Centre came alive with thousands of people to cheer along the relay route.”

“Residents who attended the event are reminded to enter the Queen’s Baton Relay photo “Point and Focus” competition and can send their photos or artwork of the day to media@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or enter online https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/queens-baton-relay-nowra. Winners announced on Friday, 17 February 2018

The Facts

  • The Relay has travelled six continents over 388 days
  • 70 Commonwealth nations and territories
  • 25 tropical island nations
  • 180 Australian celebration communities including Nowra
  • Travelling 230,000 kilometres globally
  • Will spend 100 days in Australia travelling 40,000 kilometres
  • Will have over 388,000 fingerprints on it from around the world

The Queen’s Baton

  • 1.4 kilograms
  • 3 distinct elements
  • 650 millimetres long
  • 157,645 grains of reclaimed plastic
  • The Baton has its own App that will be used to control the different settings for the energy efficient LED colour illumination and battery status. GPS technology on board will allow the Baton to be tracked as it travels around the Commonwealth.

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