Kempsey set to welcome the Queen’s Baton in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games

Media release - 23 March 2017

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton across the Macleay Valley as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on the Macleay from Friday 2 February as the Baton journeys towards its final destination on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April.

A community nomination program offers local residents an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Mayor Liz Campbell said she is delighted that the Macleay will be part of an event that will showcase it to the world.

“I encourage our community to nominate local legends, who you think deserve the honour of being a Batonbearer,” she said.

“The QBR is not only a symbol of the Commonwealth Games, but an event that will connect the Macleay with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth.

“The QBR celebrates community pride and shows us how important a role sport plays to build our great community - this is why we’’ve chosen to embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly. And it means the Macleay will play an important part in the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.”

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.

In a tradition dating back to 1958 in Cardiff, the Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

The Baton started its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March.

Residents are urged to nominate someone who has achieved something extraordinary or who has inspired others to achieve something great, or who has made a significant contribution to sport, education, the arts or a charity within their community.

Nominations close on Monday 15 May 2017 and can be made at 

Nominees must be at least 10 years at 25 December 2017 and must be an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period.