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Latrobe City to welcome Queen’s Baton

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Latrobe City as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.

By Portal Admin - 6th March 2017 - Back to News

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Latrobe City on Sunday 11 February 2018 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan said the Queen’s Baton Relay was a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.

"The Queen’s Baton Relay is not only a symbol of the Commonwealth Games, but an event that will connect Latrobe City with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth.

"We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Latrobe City to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a baton bearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished."

Across Australia about 3800 baton bearers are needed to share the dream of the 'friendly Games' as part of the QBR.

A community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Latrobe City and the surrounding region an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Baton bearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great. Baton bearers will represent the community with pride and showcase to the world the great place that is Latrobe City.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and it will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March. Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great to be a local baton bearer. Nominations can be made at

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).

  • Media Enquiries:

    Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, Latrobe City Mayor

    Telephone: 0400 696 324

    Cr Graeme Middlemiss, Latrobe City Deputy Mayor

    Telephone: 0417 379 059

    Media Relations Office

    Telephone: 5128 5458


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