Batonbearers and Relay Details

Our Batonbearers 

The Queen’s Baton Relay is counting down the days to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling a record 388 days and 230,000km around the world throughout the 70 Commonwealth nations.

Approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry the Queen’s Baton throughout Australia. Collectively, batonbearers will take more than a million steps before the Queen’s Baton arrives at Carrara Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Following a public nomination campaign, 10 community representatives have been announced as the official batonbearers for when the baton comes to Warragul on Sunday 11 February 2018. They are:

  • Melina de Cort (Drouin)
  • Gwenneth Gilbert (Ellinbank)
  • David Green (Leongatha)
  • Neville Hurford (Maryknoll)
  • Tracey Jilbert (Warragul)
  • Peter Ketelaar (Korumburra)
  • Noah Lafrantz (Drouin)
  • Lee-Anne McLean (Arawata)
  • Stephen Plumb (Wonthaggi)
  • Harvey Scott (Warragul)
  • Russell Wright (Walhalla; participating in the Morwell celebration)

Batonbearer Times and Locations





Warragul Leisure Centre (Start)

Tracey Jilbert


Burke St (near CFA training track)

Neville Hurford


Corner of Burke and Howitt Streets

Peter Ketelaar


Howitt Street-opposite Logan Park

Melina de Cort


Alfred Street (in front of Factory One)

Harvey Scott


Lionel Rose Statue

Lee-Anne McLean


Smith St Cenotaph

David Green


Smith St- north of Palmerston St, south of Barkly

Stephen Plumb


Albert St roundabout

Noah Lafrantz


Civic Place (north of carpark) to finish site

Gwenneth Gilbert


Warragul Community Celebration



Download a print version of the Relay route map.(PDF, 501KB)

Nomination Stories

Gwenneth Gilbert

Gwenneth has been delivering Meals on Wheels to Baw Baw Shire residents for 50 years. Commencing on return from her honeymoon, Gwen has only missed a shift when giving birth, and she continued to deliver meals with three children in tow. Gwenneth has also contributed 11 years of service at a Warragul nursing home, was a founding member of St Luke’s Church in Ellinbank and been involved in the Ellinbank Scouts, Ellinbank Primary School, and Ellinbank Tennis and Badminton Clubs. Her gift of time, kindness and compassion has helped to make our community a better place.

Lee-Anne McLean

Lee is 42 and has been a community volunteer since she was 14 years old. She recently qualified as a Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria which has always been her dream and was recently nominated for First Responder of the Year. She has raised over $90,000 for Relay for Life and has been nominated for Citizen of the Year in the Australia Day Awards. She is a dedicated wife and mother. She volunteered at Melbourne Commonwealth Games and was awarded a medal for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement. Lee lights up the room and has a smile that is infectious, she is ever happy and positive.