Burnie to welcome Queen's Baton in lead up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Burnie as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Burnie on Wednesday 7 February 2018 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

A community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Burnie and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great. Batonbearers will represent a community with pride and showcase to the world all the wonderful things that Burnie and the North West Coast have to offer.

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March. It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great. Nominations can be made at  www.gc2018.com/qbr

GC2018 are 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 an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Burnie to the world and I encourage people to nominate a local legend who you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished.”

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.”

“The Relay is not only a symbol of the Commonwealth Games, but an event that will connect Burnie with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth.”

“It’s a tradition that celebrates community pride and that shows us how important a role sport plays to build our great community, which is why we’ve chosen to embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly. And it means Burnie will play an important part in the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net