The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Ayr on Monday 19 March on its historic journey across all nations and territories of the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sixteen local baton bearers will proudly carry the Baton through Ayr, commencing from East Ayr State School at 11.38am and travelling through Queen Street to the finishing point at Ayr State School.

A community celebration will be held in Queen Street from 9am to 12.30pm with sidewalk sales, live music, face painting, children’s activities, entertainment and a jumping castle.

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 on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

The Relay arrived in Australia on Sunday 24 December 2017 and, collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to take the Baton to its final destination.

The full Relay route is now available online at the Queen’s Baton Relay website.

You can view the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Map by clicking on the button below.

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Batonbearer Georgia Dixon carrying the Baton as the Queen's Baton Relay visited Sydney. From 25 January to 2 March 2018, the Queen’s Baton will visit every other state and territory before Queensland. As the Queen’s Baton Relay travels the length and breadth of Australia, it will not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community it visits, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations in every state and territory. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres. After spending 100 days being carried by approximately 3,800 batonbearers in Australia, the Queen's Baton journey will finish at the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast on 4 April 2018.

Community celebration to mark arrival of Queen’s Baton in Ayr

Burdekin residents will be able to cheer on local batonbearers at a ‘street-party’ style community celebration in Queen Street, when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in the Burdekin on Monday 19 March.

Burdekin residents will be able to cheer on local batonbearers at a ‘street-party’ style community celebration in Queen Street, when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in the Burdekin on Monday 19 March.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said from 9am to 12.30pm all residents were invited to join the festivities in Queen Street, Ayr, which would culminate with the journey of the Baton through the town.

“Everyone is invited to come out and line the relay route to cheer on our16 local batonbearers, who were selected through a community nomination process last year,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We will be celebrating all morning in Queen Street, where there will be side walk sales, live music, roaming performers, face painting, children’s activities, entertainment and a jumping castle.

“Council is pleased to announce children’s entertainer and comedian Sean Murphy as a special guest performer and we are sure his interactive show will be a hit with children and adults alike.

“We are hoping to get as many schools, community members and businesses as possible involved in the event and attending on the day to mark this wonderful occasion.”

Sixteen local batonbearers will proudly carry the Baton through Ayr, commencing from East Ayr State School at 11.38am and travelling through Queen Street to the finishing point at Ayr State School.

Cr McLaughlin said the Queen’s Baton was the icon of the Commonwealth Games, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s message to the athletes carried from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony.

“The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay presents our community with a unique opportunity to showcase its people, culture and environment to the rest of Australia and the world,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I am immensely proud of our batonbearers, whose contributions to sport and the wider community should be celebrated by all.”

The full relay route is available at gc2018.com/qbr

The batonbearers are: Lauren Bozzetto, George Chappell, Brent Dingle, Tony Goddard, Lacy Horan, Keely Johnson, Ryan Kastner, Hayden Lammon, Isabella Linton, Andrea McDonnell, Michelle Scott, Scott Stidston, Steven Szendrey, Debra Szendrey, Oliver Vernon and Greg Vincett.

The Relay arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and, collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to take the Baton to its final destination.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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Explore street-route detail for Queen’s Baton journey through Ayr

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.

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.

Tony Goddard and George Chappell. Queen's Baton Relay batonbearers.

Burdekin batonbearers to share the dream of Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced 16 local batonbearers to carry the Queen’s Baton through Ayr. The baton will pass through Ayr on Monday 19 March, 2018 as part of the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced 16 local batonbearers to carry the Queen’s Baton through Ayr.

The baton will pass through Ayr on Monday 19 March, 2018 as part of the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

A community nomination process earlier this year saw members of the public called upon to nominate inspirational local legends to take part in the epic journey.

Long serving Home Hill community volunteer George ‘Chippo’ Chappell will carry the baton after being recognised during the nomination process for his tireless work in the community.

Mr Chappell, who grows the cane for the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, is also a Vietnam War veteran and has been President of the Home Hill Harvest Festival, a three-time President of the Lions Club, President of the Local Ambulance Committee, a 20-year volunteer and member of the board of the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged and carried the Olympic Torch during its journey to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

“Being selected to carry the baton means a lot to me,” Mr Chappell said.

“I love the district. I was born and bred in the Burdekin and I am so proud to be able to do this.”

Also named as a batonbearer, Ayr resident Tony Goddard was nominated by the community for his longstanding volunteer work with Burdekin Touch Association, Radio 97.1 Sweet FM and Rotary.

“I’m very proud to have been nominated and selected,” he said.

“It’s a great honour to be part of the baton team and to be recognised by people in the community for the volunteer work I do.”

Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April, 2018.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin thanked the batonbearers on their contributions to the community.

“I am immensely proud of our batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to town,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I encourage you to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said for the batonbearers, it would be a rare and unforgettable experience.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the batonbearers who will be a part of this rich tradition,” Mr Beattie said.

“We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.”

From Canberra on 25 January, 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional Relay and be carried by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.

The full list of Burdekin Shire batonbearers is:
Lauren Bozzetto
George Chappell
Brent Dingle
Tony Goddard
Lacy Horan
Keely Johnson
Ryan Kastner
Hayden Lammon
Isabella Linton
Andrea McDonnell
Michelle Scott
Scott Stidson
Steven Szendrey
Debra Szendrey
Oliver Vernon
Greg Vincett

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Burdekin to nominate local legends for Queen’s Baton Relay

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Burdekin and residents are being called upon to nominate local legends to take part in the epic journey. The Baton Relay will pass through Ayr on Monday 19 March 2018 and GC2018 is looking for inspirational local legends, anyone aged 10 years and up, to carry the baton.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Burdekin and residents are being called upon to nominate local legends to take part in the epic journey.

The Baton Relay will pass through Ayr on Monday 19 March 2018 and GC2018 is looking for inspirational local legends, anyone aged 10 years and up, to carry the baton.

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

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Baton would stop in Ayr on its way to Gold Coast, giving residents the opportunity to be part of the excitement of the GC2018 celebrations while showcasing the Burdekin to the world.

“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.

“Batonbearers are everyday Australians who inspire others to be great. I encourage residents to nominate someone worthy of carrying the baton before nominations close.”

The longest Commonwealth Games baton relay in history departed from Buckingham Palace on March 13 and will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories for 288 days before arriving in Australia from 25 December this year.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said being a Batonbearer would give people across the country a chance to be a part of the excitement.

“As it travels through the country the Baton will bring people together from across our nation’s vast and varied landscapes, from red deserts to rainforests and mountains to islands, from our city precincts to beyond the black stumps,” he said.

“It’s a journey that is sure to increase our sense of connection and understanding of each other.”

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).

Don’t let any worthy community member’s achievements go unrecognised; go online and nominate them today.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Road Closures

To be advised.

Batonbearers

The following Burdekin Shire community members have been selected to carry the Baton:

NameHome Town
Lauren BozzettoAyr
George ChappellHome Hill
Brent DingleAyr
Tony GoddardAyr
Lacy HoranAyr
Keely JohnsonRita Island
Ryan KastnerAyr
Hayden LammonAyr
Isabella LintonHome Hill
Andrea McDonnellAyr
Michelle ScottAyr
Scott StidstonAyr
Steven SzendreyAyr
Debra SzendreyAyr
Oliver VernonAyr
Greg VincettColevale

Community Celebration

Join us in celebrating the Queen’s Baton Relay in Ayr.

A ‘street-party’ style community celebration will be held in in Queen Street from 9am to 12.30pm on Monday 19 March and will culminate with the journey of the Baton through the town.

Activities and entertainment to include:

  • Burdekin Library Children’s Activities
  • Side Walk Sale
  • Comedian & Interactive Show
  • Jumping Castle
  • Entertainment
  • Face Painting
  • 1RAR Band
  • Live Music

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