Commonwealth Games to Breeze into Our Towns

The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Charters Towers, passing through the hands of locals in the Towers, Pentland and Homestead as part of its journey to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Our Towns in March 2018.

Mayor, Liz Schmidt says a community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Charters Region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.

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

Mayor Schmidt says the Queen’s Baton Relay will see the Baton in Charters Towers on Monday 12 March 2018 is an event the Regional Council is incredibly proud to be part of.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Charters Towers 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.”

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.”

Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great. Batonbearers will represent our community with pride and showcase to the world our region’s great people, sporting achievements, cultural activity, landscapes and much more.

GC2018 are looking for people who:

    • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary;


    • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community;


    • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally;


    • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
    • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017;


  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.

In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March, travelling through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

The Australian journey begins on Christmas Day this year, with the Baton being passed on for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.


  • Since the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton has carried a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II calling the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition
  • The GC2018 Relay is the longest in history, travelling for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
  • In Australia, the Baton will travel for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.
  • From London, the Baton will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories for 288 days before arriving in Australia for the final leg of the journey.
  • The Baton will reach its final destination at Carrara Stadium for the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. The Games are declared open when the Queen’s message is read aloud.