Calling out for big achievers

BIG NEWS: Mayor Annie Liston says it is exciting to have the Queen's Baton Relay run through Murweh. Here she is pictured with Murweh event co-ordinator Monique Johnson.
BIG NEWS: Mayor Annie Liston says it is exciting to have the Queen's Baton Relay run through Murweh. Here she is pictured with Murweh event co-ordinator Monique Johnson. Martin Volz

SUSPENSE was building in Charleville last week as the town waited for Mayor Annie Liston's announcement on Sunday.

At exactly 10.15am, in line with announcements around Australia, the mayor finally gave up the secret in front of about 30 people at Charleville Golf Club.

As the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games approach in April 2018,

the Queen's Baton Relay

will pass through Augathella, Charleville and Morven.

Cr Liston said the

baton relay would give Murweh Shire an opportunity to show itself to the world.

The baton will visit every Commonwealth nation in a 230,000km trip before touching down in Australia this December.

More than 4000 relay runners will pass the baton around every state and territory over 100 days with the aim of connecting locals to the global event.

It will pass through Murweh on March 8 and 9, about one month before the opening ceremony at the Gold Coast.

Cr Liston's message highlighted that locals would have a say in who carried the baton.

"It's a tradition that celebrates community pride and that shows us how important a role sport plays to build our great community, which is why we've chosen to embrace the baton's visit whole- heartedly,” she said.

"It is awesome for our shire.

"Community will play an important part in the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would not run and asked that politicians at every level

of government follow

her lead.

When asked about Ms Palaszczuk's decision, Cr Liston agreed.

"This is a great opportunity because we want people who are deserving in the community to carry the baton,” Cr Liston said.

The Commonwealth Games are considered the friendly games and Queen's Baton Relay participants must show significant contributions to sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or community spirit to be awarded a position on the team.

Relay runner nominations are open until Monday, May 15. To nominate, visit the Games website www. gc2018 .com/qbr.

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