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    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queen's Baton arrives in Queensland - 101 days to go until Commonwealth Games

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, December 24, 2017

    Queen's Baton arrives in Queensland - 101 days to go until Commonwealth Games

    The arrival of the Queen’s Baton in Queensland today marks 101 days to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.

    “It’s fitting tomorrow - Christmas Day - will be 100 days to the biggest gift to Queensland – our biggest ever event, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event in Queensland’s history,” the Premier said.

    “It will be our opportunity – and the opportunity of thousands of elite athletes – to shine in front of the world.”

    The Premier said the Queen’s Baton Relay was an opportunity for Australians to get involved and excited about the Games.

    “After arriving in Brisbane this morning, the Baton’s first stop for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Boxing Day,” she said.

    It will travel over 40,000 kilometres through every Australian state and territory with the Baton to be carried by about 3800 Australians.

    “After travelling through all other states and territories, the Queen’s Baton will spend its final 33 days in Queensland.

    “Arriving into the Torres Strait before making its way south, it will showcase to the world the many landscapes of our great state – from the tropical coastal areas to lush rainforests and our beautiful outback.”

    “More than 1800 batonbearers who were nominated by their community will carry the Queen’s Baton throughout Queensland. The oldest is 100-year-old Mr Bill Bruce from Nebo and the youngest is Corbin Easton from Caloundra who is 10-years-old.”

    The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty’s message was put inside of the Baton.

    The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

    The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where HRH The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

    Batonbearers, community events and the streets the Queen’s Baton will travel along are available at gc2018.com/qbr

    The Queensland dates for the baton relay are:

    Brisbane International

    6 Jan 2018 - 7 Jan 2018

    North Stradbroke Island

    8 Jan 2018 - 8 Jan 2018

    Magic Millions Barrier Draw

    9 Jan 2018 - 9 Jan 2018

    Palm Island

    10 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2018

    Natural Bridge

    12 Jan 2018 - 12 Jan 2018

    SkyPoint

    12 Jan 2018 - 12 Jan 2018

    Horn Island

    3 Mar 2018 - 3 Mar 2018

    Thursday Island

    3 Mar 2018 - 3 Mar 2018

    Hammond Island

    3 Mar 2018 - 3 Mar 2018

    Injinoo

    4 Mar 2018 - 4 Mar 2018

    Umagico

    4 Mar 2018 - 4 Mar 2018

    Bamaga

    4 Mar 2018 - 4 Mar 2018

    New Mapoon

    4 Mar 2018 - 4 Mar 2018

    Seisia

    4 Mar 2018 - 4 Mar 2018

    Cooktown

    5 Mar 2018 - 5 Mar 2018

    Mount Isa

    6 Mar 2018 - 6 Mar 2018

    Cloncurry

    6 Mar 2018 - 6 Mar 2018

    Birdsville

    7 Mar 2018 - 7 Mar 2018

    Roma

    7 Mar 2018 - 7 Mar 2018

    Mitchell

    8 Mar 2018 - 8 Mar 2018

    Morven

    8 Mar 2018 - 8 Mar 2018

    Charleville

    8 Mar 2018 - 8 Mar 2018

    Tambo

    9 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018

    Augathella

    9 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018

    Blackall

    9 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018

    Barcaldine

    10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018

    Ilfracombe

    10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018

    Longreach

    10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018

    Winton

    11 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

    Hughenden

    11 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

    Prairie

    12 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

    Pentland

    12 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

    Homestead

    12 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

    Charters Towers

    12 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

    Tully River

    13 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018

    Paronella Park

    13 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018

    Ravenshoe

    14 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

    Atherton

    14 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

    Tolga

    14 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

    Mareeba

    14 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

    Daintree

    14 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

    Cairns

    15 Mar 2018 - 15 Mar 2018

    Cairns

    16 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018

    Yarrabah

    17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

    Cairns

    17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

    Innisfail

    17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

    Mission Beach

    17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

    Tully

    17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

    Cardwell

    18 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

    Ingham

    18 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

    Townsville

    18 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

    Townsville

    19 Mar 2018 - 19 Mar 2018

    Ayr

    19 Mar 2018 - 19 Mar 2018

    Bowen

    19 Mar 2018 - 19 Mar 2018

    Airlie Beach

    19 Mar 2018 - 19 Mar 2018

    Whitsunday Islands

    20 Mar 2018 - 20 Mar 2018

    Mackay

    20 Mar 2018 - 20 Mar 2018

    Nebo

    21 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018

    Coppabella

    21 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018

    Moranbah

    21 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018

    Clermont

    21 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018

    Capella

    22 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018

    Anakie

    22 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018

    Emerald

    22 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018

    Blackwater

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Bluff

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Dingo

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Duaringa

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Rockhampton

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Yeppoon

    23 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018

    Gladstone

    24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

    Miriam Vale

    24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

    1770

    24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

    Agnes Water

    24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

    Bundaberg

    24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

    Fraser Island

    25 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018

    Hervey Bay

    25 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018

    Maryborough

    25 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018

    Gympie

    26 Mar 2018 - 26 Mar 2018

    Noosa

    26 Mar 2018 - 26 Mar 2018

    Caloundra

    27 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018

    Kilcoy

    27 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018

    Kingaroy

    27 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018

    Oakey

    28 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018

    Dalby

    28 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018

    Toowoomba

    28 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018

    Warwick

    29 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018

    Gatton

    29 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018

    Ipswich

    29 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018

    Brisbane

    30 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Redcliffe

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Brighton, Sandgate

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Shorncliffe

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Chermside

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Paddington, Milton

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Toowong, Indooroopilly

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood

    30 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

    Cleveland

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Griffith University Nathan campus

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Holland Park

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Kangaroo Point

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Teneriffe

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    New Farm, Fortitude Valley

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Brisbane City

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    South Bank

    31 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018

    Tamborine Mountain

    1 Apr 2018 - 1 Apr 2018

    Daisy Hill

    1 Apr 2018 - 1 Apr 2018

    Beenleigh

    1 Apr 2018 - 1 Apr 2018

    Upper Coomera

    1 Apr 2018 - 1 Apr 2018

    Helensvale

    1 Apr 2018 - 1 Apr 2018

    Hope Island

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Paradise Point

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Runaway Bay

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Labrador

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Southport

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Highland Park, Nerang

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Ashmore, Bundall

    2 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

    Coolangatta

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Tugun, Currumbin

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Palm Beach

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Burleigh Heads

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Robina

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Nobby Beach, Mermaid Beach

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise

    3 Apr 2018 - 3 Apr 2018

    Surfers Paradise

    4 Apr 2018 - 4 Apr 2018

    Griffith University Gold Coast campus

    4 Apr 2018 - 4 Apr 2018

    Main Beach

    4 Apr 2018 - 4 Apr 2018

     

     

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