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Game on as City of Logan gets set for Queen’s Baton Relay

Published: 23 March 2018

Game on as City of Logan gets set for Queen’s Baton Relay
Mayor Luke Smith and Queen’s Baton Relay baton-bearer Maddy Birt get ready for the relay at Daisy Hill Rd, where power poles have been painted to celebrate the event.

With less than two weeks until the Commonwealth Games, the City of Logan is coming alive with colour to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Mayor Luke Smith, is reminding residents to embrace the occasion and to be prepared for this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the city.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay will present a fantastic opportunity for the residents of Logan and for businesses to boost their trade,” he said.

“The relay has been designed so that local communities can be part of the Baton’s journey and experience the excitement of the Commonwealth Games and Logan will host two of the final legs of the Baton journey as it travels to the Gold Coast.

“Council is organising special celebration events in line with the routes on Easter Sunday (April 1) to allow as many of our residents as possible to experience the excitement of the Commonwealth Games, cheer on our baton-bearers and show their support for the athletes.”

John Paul College student Maddy Birt will carry the baton in Daisy Hill, and said she was honoured to be chosen for her work with the Hug the Helpers campaign, which highlights the abuse that paramedics, emergency nurses and police officers face every day.

"I'm looking forward to sharing the moment with my friends and family, and the other baton-bearers," she said.

"I see it as another opportunity to highlight the hard work of emergency workers and first responders in their daily work, and a lot of them will be working at the Commonwealth Games as well."

Mayor Smith urged residents to visit check for more information about changed Council services and to download the journey planner from the Games website.

“The games are on our doorstep and the message is to embrace and not race, by being patient as we welcome an influx of visitors and increased demand on services from April 4-15,” he said.

"We will continue to maintain services; however, we have asked staff to avoid travel if at all possible, reschedule non-essential travel and deliveries – and plan their trips to avoid congestion and likely trouble-spots.

"Council will also suspend non-essential road or maintenance work that may disrupt traffic while the games are on.

"Residents may notice changes to the timing of rubbish collection schedules, building site inspections and other routine activities, but these will be scheduled in advance to ensure we can conduct business as usual."

Mayor Smith also said people should take note of changed train timetables, temporary park-and-ride arrangements and shuttle bus services.

"The key to minimising inconvenience is to plan ahead, allow more travel time, re-route if necessary and take note of all the changes being made to public transport while the games are on.

“There will be a Park ‘n’ Ride at Beenleigh High which is free to use for games spectators unlike other Park ‘n’ Rides, which need to be pre-booked, Beenleigh High will operate on a first come, first served basis.”