Cessnock City Council on a mission to secure the Queen’s Baton Relay!

Cessnock City Council is calling for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to go via the Hunter Valley.

Cessnock City Council is calling for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to go via the Hunter Valley.

Councillors unanimously supported an urgency motion put forward by Councillor Jay Suvaal to write to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and request that the Hunter Valley vineyards be included in the relay.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the motion and commended Councillor Suvaal.

“This is a fantastic idea and a great opportunity for not only our residents, who would no doubt turn out in their thousands to support the event, but also to promote our wonderful region”.

Councillor Suvaal said he hopes the request is considered positively, as Cessnock is the perfect backdrop for the iconic relay.

“Our proximity combined with our naturally beautiful landscape makes us an ideal location for the Queen’s Baton Relay and we know the community would be incredibly excited to host the event”, said Cr Suvaal.

The 2000 Sydney Olympic Torch Relay stopped off overnight in Cessnock attracting thousands of locals and visitors.

Mayor Pynsent said it was a memorable night and great to see so many of the community involved including local torch bearers.

Jan Williams a torch bearer in the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay said she’d like to see the Queen’s Relay diverted to Cessnock.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience to be involved in the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay and I would love to see the Queen’s Relay give special community members that unique experience”, Mrs Williams said.

Residents are being encouraged to nominate local batonbears for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at https://www.gc2018.com/.

  3/20/2017