Commonwealth Games baton tender awarded to Brisbane company

A LOCAL Brisbane company will have their work showcased to the world after being awarded the tender to design the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton.

The Deputy Premier and the Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones made the announcement today at the West End offices of Designworks, which has been awarded the prestigious contract for the GC2018 Queen's Baton.

The Deputy Premier said the talented Brisbane team would design and manufacture the baton.

"This baton will become an icon of the Games, part of a 388-day odyssey from Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast, carried across all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth," Ms Trad said.

"The Games are about inspiring and uniting people, and the Queen's Baton Relay is an important part of that celebration.

"It is wonderful that this project is in the hands of a group of such young, talented and enthusiastic Queenslanders," she said.

Minister Jones said the Queen's Baton was an inspiring symbol of the Games.

"The baton will be an icon of the Games and the relay will spark excitement in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony," Ms Jones said.

"We're determined to ensure that Queenslanders reap the benefits of the Games and this is one example of the opportunities the Games are creating in our state.

"Dreamworks' GC2018 baton will be showcased to the world, this is great exposure for a Queensland company," Minister Jones said.

Designworks Group has offices in London and Hong Kong and began its Brisbane operation in 2005.

The company offers design thinking, user experience design, product innovation, industrial design, prototyping, engineering and manufacturing across a range of markets and industries.

Their talents mean the GC2018 Queen's Baton will emerge from under a single roof.
Designworks Director, Warren Schroder said his small team of seven people was thrilled to be chosen to create the Baton.

"It's a once-in-a-career piece of work for us as we set out to produce a Baton that will capture imagination and inspire people around the globe," Mr Schroder said.

The multi-stage project will see the research and the conceptual design phase with low-fidelity prototypes developed early in the New Year, engineering and development of the approved design mid-year and Baton delivery at the end of 2016.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Nigel Chamier OAM said the delivery of the Queen's message to the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018 will be highly anticipated.

"The safe conveyance of the message will be a very important part of starting our Games right," Mr Chamier said.

"The Queen's Baton Relay always delivers a sense of unity and belonging across the Commonwealth and the GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay will be a very important part of continuing a tradition that began in Cardiff, Wales in 1958.

"And to have it designed and manufactured right here in Queensland is absolutely perfect," he said.

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