Hundreds of locals and tourists have turned out to welcome the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton to the Island as the count down to the Games continues.
Quandamooka Traditional Owner and Elder, Aunty Rose Borey was chief Batonbearer complete with a guard of honour by group of life-savers from Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club as she arrived at Headland Park with Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Strategic Manager Pat Vidgen PSM and Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams.
Yulu-Burri-Ba dancers performed a traditional welcome song to bless the Queen’s Baton as the trio walked around the dance circle, before the Queen’s Baton was welcomed onto the stage for the large crowd to see.
The afternoon of free entertainment and activities included traditional bush tucker tastings from a local island caterer, a weaving artwork display from designer of GC2018 medals Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, an inflatable surf rider with North Stradbroke’s local surfing champion Bede Durbidge and netball workshop with Queensland Firebirds player Jemma Mi Mi.
The Queen’s Baton will be back in Redland City on Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018, just four days before the GC2018 Opening Ceremony. The Baton will be carried from Cleveland Lighthouse Reserve to a community celebration at Raby Bay Harbour Park