Queen’s Baton visits the Town of 1770

Queen’s Baton visits the Town of 1770

“It’s like polishing your shoes for a special occasion!” said LARCman Neil Mergard about the mammoth task he’s undertaken this week.

LARCman Neil and his LARCanic crew have been sanding and lovingly re-painting the Sir Joseph Banks, one of their two iconic pink LARC! vessels, in readiness for its appearance on the international stage this Saturday.

Neil and his 1770 LARC! Tours team are just some of the locals busily preparing for the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay to the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water on Saturday 24th March, ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games.

This ‘polishing’ of the LARCs only occurs every five years or more, so this milestone visit of the Queen’s Baton is worthy of the effort. LARC! vessel, the Sir Joseph Banks, which is fondly known amongst the LARC! crew as “The Banksy,” will transport Batonbearer Maxine Brushe across Roundhill Creek and along the shores of Eurimbula National Park.

The short LARC! journey in Bustard Bay signifies the connection the community has with the Commonwealth, being that the Town of 1770 is the Birthplace of Queensland.

Lt Cook named Bustard Bay when he anchored the Endeavour and came ashore on his visit in May 1770. This landing was significant, being only the second landfall in Australia of the voyage – the first being at Botany Bay.

Batonbearer Maxine Brushe is an outstanding member of the Gladstone region, in community service and in her former role as a Gladstone Regional Councillor. Neil is honoured to have Maxine on this leg of the Baton’s journey.

You can follow this link https://www.gc2018.com/qbr# for more on the Queen’s Baton. And you can join the Gladstone Regional Council sponsored free, family-focused community event that will be held in Agnes Water on Saturday to celebrate the milestone Baton visit and the many locals who are proud to be named as baton bearers.