The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Maranoa

During its time in Queensland, the Queen's Baton will visit Roma and Mitchell, giving local people in these communities and the surrounds an opportunity to be involved in the Relay. Starting in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days visiting communities across all states and territories, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world. 

Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder said the Queen’s Baton Relay is an event the Maranoa Regional Council is incredibly proud to be part of.

“This is an opportunity for our Maranoa residents to be involved in the largest event to be staged in Australia in a decade! I encourage Maranoa residents to jump online and nominate someone who inspires them today!” Cr Golder said.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman Peter Beattie AC said that being a Batonbearer will give people across the country a chance to be a part of the excitement.

“This is an opportunity for Australians of all abilities to join a remarkable journey that starts next week on Commonwealth Day, and I encourage you to nominate someone in your life that you believe is worthy of the honour,” Mr Beattie said.

From 5 March 2017 until 15 May 2017 nominators can visit gc2018.com/qbr and write 100 words about why the person inspires them.

GC2018 is looking for people who:

• Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or

• Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or

• Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or

• Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;

• Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and

• Are Australian citizens or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

 BACKGROUND

The Queen’s Baton Relay takes a message from Her Majesty the Queen through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

When the Queen’s Baton arrives at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the Baton and read aloud to declare the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games open.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

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