The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be run between 4 - 15 April 2018. The majority of events will be held on the Gold Coast with the exception of shooting and track cycling, which will be located at Belmont and Chandler.
Redland City Council is excited to participate in the opportunities that will flow from the Games, including the economic, cultural, community and tourism opportunities they will bring to our region.
Queen's Baton Relay
More than 1500 people turned out to see the Queen’s Baton arrive at North Stradbroke Island in the Redlands on Monday 8 January in the first community celebration for the baton in Australia.
Redland City Council organised the event that saw Quandamooka elder Aunty Rose Borey carry the baton to breathtaking Point Lookout where the crowd awaited.
Aunty Rose carried the baton through a traditional smoking ceremony blessing it on Quandamooka County.
Others in attendance included Redlands’ own Queensland Firebird Jemma Mi Mi, pro-surfer Bede Durbidge and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins who created the design on the 2018 Commonwealth Games medals.
Mayor Karen Williams said: “The Queen’s Baton is a source of inspiration and pride for the communities that it visits and also a visual reminder to our aspiring young sports people that dreams can be realised.
“Over the last 300 days since the Baton commenced its journey, it has touched the lives of more than a third of the world’s population and with today’s visit to the Redlands it shines a light on North Stradbroke Island in the heart of Quandamooka Country.”
“It is particularly exciting that the baton is celebrated on Straddie as it is home of Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, whose wonderful coast-inspired designs feature on the Commonwealth Games medals.”
The event was hosted by Channel 7’s Mark Beretta.
Cleveland - Saturday 31 March 2018
Cleveland will play host to a leg of the full Queen’s Baton Relay during the Easter break on Saturday 31 March 2018.
Starting at Cleveland Lighthouse Reserve and making its way along North Street, Shore Street North and Shore Street West, the Queen’s Baton will arrive at the free Community Celebration at Raby Bay Harbour Park before continuing to Waterloo Street then on to Brisbane.
The Queen's batonbearers for Cleveland were announced in October. Community-nominated, our 19 batonbearers showcase Australians who have reached great heights and achieved remarkable things - from sporting successes to dedicating their lives to improving the lives of others.
Redlander and TV personality Lincoln Lewis and Olympic Gold medallist and beach volleyball star Natalie Cook OAM will host the celebration at Raby Bay.
Saturday 31 March 2018 (Easter Saturday)
8:30am - 12:30pm
Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland
The celebration will feature:
- Live music
- Free activities including beach volleyball, mini tramp, long jump and gymnastics
- Traditional smoking ceremony
- Yulu-Burra-Ba dancers
- Cultural displays
- Weaving workshops
For full details on where the baton will be in the Redlands visit the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games website.
Be Games Ready
Be Games Ready is a state-wide Queensland Government initiative to help small businesses identify, prepare for and participate in opportunities the GC2018 presents.
If you're a business owner, now is the time to start planning and preparing so you can embrace the opportunities presented by GC2018.
Be Games Ready offers a range of information, resources and support for businesses to prepare for GC2018.