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Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebrations

Communities across Queensland are delivering active, inclusive and inspiring community events as the Queen’s Baton Relay travels the length and breadth of the state.

The Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations recognise the state’s vibrant and diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, with many communities receiving a commemorative plaque to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the area.

Queensland communities are sharing in almost $300,000 worth of community grants to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

GC2018 marks 60 years since a baton first carried the Queen’s message, making it the perfect time to get involved, unite and share the spirit and legacy of the Games.

Queensland’s first two stops were North Stradbroke Island on 8 January and Palm Island on 10 January, where celebrations showcased beautiful scenery, Indigenous cultures and amazing community spirit.

The Queen’s Baton Relay recommenced its Queensland journey on Saturday 3 March and arrives at the Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

The Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebrations Grants Program is funded through the Queensland Government’s Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.

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Delivery Agencies

The following councils were successful in receiving a grant:

  • Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Cook Shire Council
  • Diamantina Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • Maranoa Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
  • Murweh Shire Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Tablelands Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Torres Shire Council
  • Torres Strait Island Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.


The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • The GC2018 Queens Baton Relay builds engagement, trade and tourism opportunities domestically and internationally
  • GC2018 inspires Australians to become healthier and happier through an active lifestyle and physical activity
  • GC2018 is a catalyst for increased sense of inclusivity, diversity and community pride in Gold Coast and Queensland communities.