Queen's Baton Relay route announced

Published on 17 November 2017




Residents from Gannawarra can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at www.gc2018.com/qbr

Mayor Brian Gibson said the relay will commence in Murrabit in the morning of Friday 16 February before travelling to Kerang.

"We anticipate the Baton arriving at Murrabit Group School at approximately 11.00am where there will be a small celebration before it continues its journey through the township of Murrabit to Kerang. Once in Kerang it will journey through the streets, passing local aged services and primary schools and arrive at Atkinson Park around 1.40pm where a community celebration will be held," Mayor Gibson explains.

Map details can be viewed at the official websitewww.gc2018.com/qbr. Full event schedule and details of the community celebrations will be released in the coming weeks and announced on Council’s website and Facebook pages.

Batonbearers will be informed of their street-specific slotting location in December. Details will be updated at www.gc2018.com/qbr in the weeks prior to the Baton arriving into a celebration community.

From Christmas Day until 24 January 2018, the Queen’s Baton will be shared with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country.

From 25 January 2018, the QBR will shift gears to a more traditional relay, where the Queen’s Baton will celebrate Australia Day, before continuing in the hands of approximately 3,800 batonbearers through every state and territory.

As the Queen’s Baton travels the length and breadth of Australia, the QBR will not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community it visits, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations along the way.

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.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said the Relay has been designed to spend quality time in communities across Australia, rather than just pass through.

"The Relay has been designed this way so that as many people as possible can be a part of the Baton’s journey and share in the excitement of GC2018."

"The Queen’s Baton Relay is a global journey that will soon reach Australia, reminding us all that GC2018, the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade, is just around the corner."

As more information is known about the events, it will be updated through Council’s website www.gsc.vic.gov.au and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gannawarra/

QBR website: www.gc2018.com/qbr; QBR Hashtag: #QBR2018; GC2018 Hashtag: #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website www.gsc.vic.gov.au


Date: 17 November 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627