Comedian Sean Murphy to bring family-friendly fun to Community Celebration

The Burdekin’s Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebration will be fun for all the family with comedian and ‘super-fan of fun’ Sean Murphy set to spread the cheer in Queen Street this Monday 19 March.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin invited all residents to join the festivities in Queen Street from 9am to 12.30pm, which will culminate in the journey of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton through Ayr.

“We will be celebrating all morning with side walk sales, live music, face painting, children’s activities, entertainment, a jumping castle and come and try demonstrations by local sporting groups,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Children’s entertainer and comedian Sean Murphy will take centre stage as a special guest performer and we are sure his interactive show will be a hit with children and adults alike.”

Murphy, who has performed at sold out shows at the Sydney and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and Melbourne Comedy Festival, plans to lead Burdekin audiences on a hilarious and interactive exploration into the best games from around the world.

Following the show, Sean will host an interactive workshop where kids create games of their own.

Cr McLaughlin said Murphy had been performing his Games Boy ’18 Show in communities across the nation.

“We are thrilled to have Sean joining us in Ayr for Monday’s Community Celebration,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“He mixes story-telling, stand-up and clowning to create fun for young and old.”

Also entertaining crowds on the day will be Ayr State High School Band, Ayr State High School Choir, Burdekin Catholic High School Choir, Burdekin Singers, Celtic Dancers, Four Tune Band, KH Dance, Lower Burdekin Caledonian Pipeband, Lower Burdekin Gymnastics, Perform Music Studios and Rhythm Edge Dance School.

Champion Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson will be a special guest at the event, where she will showcase her Olympic medals and participate in an interactive Q&A session.

Cr McLaughlin said everyone was invited to join the festivities and line the relay route to cheer on the Burdekin’s 16 local batonbearers.

“As an incentive to arrive early, we are offering a free standard size cappuccino to the first 100 people that come and see us at the stage in Queen Street,” she said.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.  The full relay route is available at gc2018.com/qbr.

Olympian Brooke Hanson to welcome arrival of Queen’s Baton in Ayr

Champion Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson will join Burdekin residents in celebrating the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Ayr on Monday 19 March, as part of the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Hanson, an Olympic gold and silver medallist, will attend the ‘street-party’ style community celebration in Queen Street, where she will showcase her medals and participate in an interactive Q&A session.

Hanson made her debut for the Australian Swimming Team in 1994 before going on to represent Australia over 25 times at major international championships. Her career highlight came in 2004, when, after missing two Olympic teams, she won Olympic gold and silver medals at Athens Olympic Games.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Hanson was one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians and a role model to all aspiring young sportspeople. “We are proud to have Brooke attend our community celebration as a special guest,” Cr McLaughlin said.

From 9am to 12.30pm, all residents are invited to join the festivities in Queen Street, Ayr, which will culminate with the journey of the Baton through the town.

“Everyone is invited to come out and line the relay route to cheer on our 16 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. There will also be some stalls set up and come and try demonstrations by Lower Burdekin Gymnastics, Burdekin Junior Rugby League and other sporting groups.”

“The batonbearers will proudly carry the Baton through Ayr, commencing from East Ayr State School just before 11.40am and travelling through Queen Street to the finishing point at Ayr State School.”

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

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

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 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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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