Queen's Baton Relay
XXI Commonwealth Games

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Queen’s Baton Relay in Kempsey

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) will travel through the Kempsey Shire on Friday, 2 February 2018. 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 festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

Besides safely containing Her Majesty’s message, the QBR shares the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world, shining a light on Australia and the Games to come.


Leith Brodie • David Chapman • Alani Cockshutt • Glenys Cummings • Wendy Hudson • Melissa Hunt • Stan Law • Charlie Maher • Mark Morrison 
Liam Norman • Alyssa Pensini • Paul Phillips • Daniel Repacholi • Isaac Sanderson • Caleb Scott • Allan Sparkes CV OAM VA • Joel Walker
Drew Walsh • Jade Wyndham

Event details

The community is invited to cheer on batonbearers when the Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Kempsey on Friday 2 February, 2018. The Baton Relay will start its journey in Kempsey at St Paul's College at 11:45am. The batonbearers will also be stopping at Kempsey High School and Kempsey West Public School.

The route will go along Sea Street, turning right into Marsh Street, then left onto Tozer Street and left onto Elbow Street. The relay will then head towards the Kempsey CBD, travelling down Belgrave Street, turning left into Clyde Street, before turning right onto Forth Street.

The baton will then travel along Smith Street, turning right back onto Belgrave Street, turning left onto John Street and then onto Verge Street before finishing at Riverside Park. The baton is expected to arrive at Riverside Park at 1pm. The community is encouraged to join the celebrations by cheering on batonbearers along the way or by bringing their lunch to Riverside Park to see the batonbearers.

As part of this event, there will be a rolling road closure with the following roads being closed and/or having limited access for periods of time:

  • West Kempsey: Sea, Marsh, Tozer and Elbow Streets
  • Kempsey: Belgrave, Clyde, Forth, Smith, John and Verge Streets

During the course of the morning around 1,000 spectators are anticipated to enjoy the event, which may briefly impact noise, parking and your access. Local emergency services have been notified of the event and road closures.

If you require further information, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200 or visit Council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KempseyShireCouncil  or www.gc2018.com/qbr 

Map of the Queen's Baton Relay route in Kempsey