Brisbane to Welcome Home our 2012 Australian Olympians
Queenslanders will have the chance to welcome home the Australian Olympic Team at a ticker tape parade on Friday 24 August, Premier Newman announced today.
The public celebrations will be co-hosted by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and will include a parade through the Queen Street Mall starting at midday and finish with a public presentation of athletes on stage at Reddacliff Place.
"This is a great opportunity for Queenslanders to come out and show their sporting heroes how proud we are of them and their achievements," Mr Newman said.
"Queensland is well known for producing top athletes, and with 90 Queenslanders competing at the Olympic Games we had the highest representation of any State.
"The welcome home event will celebrate the achievements of our athletes and the hard working support staff and officials from the Olympic team."
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk congratulated the Olympians on their performances in the London Games and said they deserved the city's highest honour of receiving the Keys to the City.
"This is Brisbane's chance to come out in force to welcome home our world-class athletes and to help us celebrate Australia's achievements," Cr Quirk said.
"Let's show our sporting heroes how proud we are of them and their efforts. I encourage people to come out to cheer on the Olympians."
The following road closures will be in place for the Welcome Home Parade:
- Queen Street between Creek and Edward streets - closed to traffic between 11am and 12.30pm
- Edward Street between Adelaide and Elizabeth streets - hold and release of traffic between 12pm and 12.15pm
- George Street between Adelaide and Elizabeth streets - hold and release of traffic between 12pm and 12.30pm
The Brisbane parade will be part of the national Welcome Home Celebration Program, presented by Fitness First, which tours from 20-28 August 201 2.
For more information on the parade, road closures and coach zones, visit www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/events/olympic-parade/
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