Parking Available During Queen’s Baton Relay Trial
On Saturday, 2 December, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay (GC2018 QBR) will conduct a trial run through Warwick. The Southern Downs is one of only two regions in which this trial will be conducted and will feature the Commonwealth Games branded vehicle convoy with a full police presence.
As a result, there will be road closures in place from 4:00am – up until as late as 12:00pm to accommodate the trial run on Saturday, 2 December.
Parking will not be permitted along Palmerin Street between Fitzroy & Percy Streets and entrances to some parking facilities will be closed.
The parking arrangements will be:
- Car park behind Town Hall will be open and accessible from the Grafton Street and Albion Street entrances
- Rose City Shoppingworld underground car park will be accessible from the Grafton & Guy Street entrances
- The Acacia Avenue car park will be accessible by turning from Grafton Street into Acacia Avenue.
- Limited on street parking will be available on Albert Street, Fitzroy Street, Grafton Street, Guy Street and Palmerin Street (between Victoria & Fitzroy Streets).
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie says that the trial run will be an important test of the Relay to anticipate differing circumstances and ensure the security of the event.
“Although there will be some necessary road closures, foot traffic will be unaffected,” said Cr Dobie. “I encourage residents to conduct their business in town as usual and enjoy the spectacle of the convoy. Business will be open as usual, and pedestrians will be able to access shops and businesses. I would simply ask that you be aware that you may need more time than usual to enter town and find a car park.”
Of the road closures that will be in place, Director of Engineering Services Peter See said: “Not all roads will be completely closed – many will have one lane open. In other locations, the road closures will be rolling, which means that they won’t be closed for the full duration. Council is committed to making sure that the road closures won’t create more of an impact that is necessary.”
The Southern Downs is excited to be part of this event and to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to the region.