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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Globe-trotting, locally designed Queen’s Baton revealed with 500 days to go

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Globe-trotting, locally designed Queen’s Baton revealed with 500 days to go

    The Queen’s Baton to carry the Her Majesty’s message for the Opening Ceremony and its international travel plan have been revealed today to mark 500 days until the Gold Coast 2018 (GC2018) Commonwealth Games. 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Baton, designed by Designworks in Brisbane, would continue the tradition of a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II being read at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

    “From Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast, the international route of the Queen’s Baton Relay is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Gold Coast and Queensland to connect with the entire Commonwealth,” the Premier said. 

    “It will place the Gold Coast on the global stage.”

     “From Sierra Leone to Jamaica, the Falkland Islands and Samoa, the Baton’s 288-day international journey will excite the world about our great Games to come.” 

    The Premier said the Designworks team, based in Brisbane, won the prestigious tender and the Baton was designed and manufactured right here in Queensland.

    “Designworks’ innovative Baton design will tour 70 Commonwealth nations and territories, which is great exposure for a Queensland company,” she said. 

    “It highlights the strength of our state’s creative industries that a local company were chosen to be the design and manufacturing team behind the Queen’s Baton.” 

    Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Designworks now have their footprint on the world, with their baton set to travel 230,000 kilometres around the globe in the lead up to the Games. 

    “The eye-catching Baton design, is distinctively Australian and really captures the vibrancy and spirit of the Gold Coast, while also celebrating our Indigenous heritage and commitment to sustainability,” the Minister said. 

    The 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay is due to start on Commonwealth Day – 13 March 2017 – at Buckingham Palace.  In March 2017, a public Community Batonbearer Nomination program will be announced for the Australian route for the QBR, which is due to start in December 2017.

    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4 - 15 April 2018.

    For more information on the Games visit www.gc2018.com(external site). 

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791