Longreach locals have extra reason to celebrate on Saturday, 10 March when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) rolls into town, with Australian country music star Lee Kernaghan OAM to headline the free community celebration and concert at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
The global event, delivered in conjunction with Longreach Regional Council, is set to ignite the entire Longreach region as a not to be missed-celebration of community spirit and great Australian music.
Former Australian of the Year Kernaghan is a four-time ARIA award winning artist and has notched up 37 Golden Guitars, second only to the great Slim Dusty. Kernaghan will also have the honour of holding the Queen’s Baton as a Batonbearer in Longreach.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in Longreach for the Queen’s Baton Relay,” Kernaghan said.
“Western Queensland has always been a huge inspiration for me and my music. Songs like Hat Town, Spirit Of The Bush and The Outback Club all have their musical DNA imbued in this great part of Australia.
“I know Queenslanders are passionate about their country and their music so I’m expecting a big, loud and energetic crowd to come in and celebrate this historic event.
“I’m also really proud to be taking part in the Relay as one of the batonbearers to carry the Queen’s Baton for GC2018. I’ll be holding onto it tight, running as fast as I can and doing all I can to make sure I don’t take a spill.”
The celebration concludes a big Relay day which also includes visits to Barcaldine and Ilfracombe and is a chance for locals to celebrate the Relay’s time in western Queensland while seeing one of the country’s most iconic musicians up close and personal.
The family-friendly celebration will commence at 4.30pm, with performances from Australian country rock band the Wolfe Brothers and community group Central West Music Makers as well as food stalls, children’s activities, and special presentations.
After the Queen’s Baton is carried onto the stage by Longreach’s final Batonbearer, 13-year-old local sporting hero Rhett Harris, Kernaghan will take to the stage at 7pm.
Source: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).
Image supplied by Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).