Burdekin Shire residents can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay experience with street-route details of the Baton’s journey around Australia now available to explore at gc2018.com/qbr.
The baton will travel through Ayr on Monday 19 March 2018 as part of the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Sixteen Burdekin residents will share the honour of carrying the baton through Ayr, after a nomination process earlier this year called on members of the community to nominate inspirational local legends to take part in the journey.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said as the Queen’s Baton travelled the length and breadth of Australia, it would not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community it visited, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations along the way.
“The Queen’s Baton is the icon of the Games with Her Majesty’s message to the athletes, carried from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“On Monday 19 March, 2018 the Baton will pass through Ayr. A community celebration is planned to ensure residents and school students from across the district will have the opportunity to share in this memorable occasion.
“Save the date as we’ll be announcing more information about this exciting event in the coming weeks.”
The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.
Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and Asia, building excitement for GC2018.
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.