Traffic committee approves road closures for Queen's Baton

FLASHBACK: September 3, 2000 and the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay makes its way through huge crowds to Jamison Park in Penrith. Picture: Greg Garay.

FLASHBACK: September 3, 2000 and the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay makes its way through huge crowds to Jamison Park in Penrith. Picture: Greg Garay.

The secret route for the Queen’s baton to pass through Penrith on its way to the 2018 Commonwealth Games has been endorsed by council’s traffic committee.

In minutes ratified at last month’s council meeting, the Local Traffic Committee endorsed temporary rolling road closures for the baton relay through Penrith between 10am and 11am on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Council stated it could not provide details about the relay until mid-November, when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) is due to make the announcement about the baton’s Australian leg.

But according to the minutes, Tench Avenue will close between the boat ramp and Jamison Road, and Jamison Road itself will close between Tench Avenue and York Street.

The information has led to speculation that the baton will follow the same route as the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch relay.

Penrith City Council sought community nominations for baton bearers in April of this year, with about 3,800 bearers carrying it across Australia ahead of the April 4, 2018 opening ceremony.

The city previously hosted a Commonwealth Games baton relay in 2006, when the route began from the regatta centre and travelled east through Penrith to St Marys. Penrith Mayor John Thain has said he was delighted for the local area to play a part in the Commonwealth Games again.

Baton bearers are due to be announced later this month.

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