OUR RUN TO GAMES
WE CARRY THE BATON ON FAR NORTHERN LEG OF ITS JOURNEY TO GOLD COAST
MOTORISTS across Cairns will experience delays as the Queen’s Baton Relay closes streets across the region.
A Cairns Regional Council spokeswoman said maintenance crews had been working on sprucing up the city before the relay officially starts tomorrow.
“Mowing, cleaning of footpaths and general maintenance has been undertaken in the lead-up to the event,” she said.
“Similar activities will occur in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games and Festival 2018 next month.
“With all the recent rain, lawns and gardens are looking green and fresh and the city will be ready for its moment in the spotlight.”
She said extra crews have been out and about pressurecleaning footpaths, painting street furniture, gardening, and street sweeping for the last two months.
It’s not only the council getting on board, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) mowing the relay route today in preparation for the relay.
“We will mow along Ray Jones Drive by close of business Thursday, ahead of the Queen’s Baton Relay visiting Cairns on Friday and Saturday,” a TMR spokesman said.
“We will ensure all state- controlled roads along the path of the relay will be mowed before the baton bearers and convoy pass through.
“Traffic disruptions can be expected during the Queen’s Baton Relay event through Cairns and we urge motorists to plan their journey accordingly.”
Rolling road closures will begin about 9am tomorrow, starting at Poolwood Rd and Captain Cook Highway at 9.20am followed by Trinity Beach Rd and Madang St at 9.30am.
Road closures in the city will begin at Sheridan St at 11.50am and continue through to the afternoon, where the final road closure will be at Florence St, Lake St and Grafton St at 5pm.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will kick off at Palm Cove tomorrow before travelling to Edge Hill and Cairns, and Edmonton on Saturday.
HANDS-ON: Robyn Lindsay and Kylie Robson carry the baton in Atherton.
EXCITED: Sharon Thompson-Waller, of Millaa Millaa, and Millaa Millaa State School student Kelly Muller, 10, at Ravenshoe.
HONOUR: Batonbearer Connie Martens jogs and waves to supporters in Mareeba yesterday.
PRIDE: Ravenshoe State School student Shanaya Ross-Muller.