Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay set to visit South Perth

Media Release 17 February 2018

The City of South Perth is set to play key role in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen's Baton Relay.

On Saturday 24 February the Queen's Baton Relay will arrive in South Perth.

Nine batonbearers have been chosen to carry the Queen's Baton in South Perth, bringing the excitement of the Games to our local community. 

The community are encouraged to line the streets and support our local batonbearers including Laszlo (Les) Ozsdolay from Waterford and Bernadette Poynter-Johnson from South Perth. 

The baton will depart from the Old Mill at approximately 2.27pm and will travel in relay along South Perth Esplanade to the flagpole in Sir James Mitchell Park. After a presentation in the park, the baton will head off towards Burswood on a jetski for the next leg of its journey.

There will also be a community celebration including children's activities and food vans from 2.30pm at Sir James Mitchell Park where the public can come together and share the spirit of the Relay and the Games.

Bring along a picnic and stay for South Perth Sounds, the free family-friendly event starts at 4pm on Sir James Mitchell Park featuring Matt Hale comedy hypnotists and Perth Symphony Orchestra and WAAPA Gospel Choir performing the music of George Michael.

City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty said she was delighted for South Perth to be hosting the GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay.

"Hosting the Queen's Baton Relay is not only an exciting opportunity for us, it's a way to highlight and promote our City to people in Australia and the world who have been following the Queen's Baton extraordinary journey."

"It's also a wonderful way to celebrate the people that make our community great."

Details of the streets and the batonbearers that will carry the Queen's Baton are at

The GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay is the longest in history, travelling a record 388 day and 230,000km around the world.

In Australia, the Queen's Baton is traversing 40,000km, travelling through every state and territory for 100 days.

The Gold Coast Games will be held between 4 - 15 April. They will be the biggest event to be staged in Australia in a decade.

Queen's Baton Relay schedule and batonbearers

The baton will depart from the Old Mill, Mill Point Rd, South Perth at approximately 2.27pm and will travel in relay along South Perth Esplanade to the flagpole in Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth.

2.27pm Jenny Aramini
2.29pm Laszlo Ozsdolay
2.32pm Bernadette Poynter-Johnson
2.34pm Gregory Whyte
2.37pm Shirley Simpson
2.39pm Gary Wilmot
2.41pm Gabrielle Murphy
2.44pm Don Stockins
2.47pm Sarah Prindiville
2.50pm South Perth Community Celebration

Traffic and Parking

The City encourages visitors to the area to follow directional signage on the day, however please note the following:

Between 6AM and 3PM: Car Park SPE11 (Scented Gardens on South Perth Esplanade) will be closed. Car parks SPE3 and SPE4 (right and left of the Mends Street Jetty) remain open.

Between 12PM and 3PM: There will be minor disruptions to South Perth Esplanade  and surrounding streets while preparing for the arrival and passage of the Queen’s Baton Relay convoy. 

Between 2PM and 3PM: There will be temporary full closures of streets and car parks surrounding the South Perth Esplanade whilst the convoy is on the move through the area. The convoy length is 800 meters and the speed is 5KM/hr; closures will be removed as soon as the convoy has moved on.

Media contact

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