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10 MARCH - COMMUNITY TEAM'S IN READINESS TO RUN WITH GAMES BALL

As the Scenic Rim prepares to host the Queen's Baton Relay for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Council's Readiness Reference Group is already running with the ball.

The 2018 Readiness Reference Group, chaired by Cr Michael Enright and comprising community representatives, is developing a game plan to help Scenic Rim communities make the most of the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.

Cr Enright said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would showcase the Scenic Rim to the world and Council's 2018 Readiness Reference Group aimed to capitalise on that international exposure.

"Its role is to ensure a coordinated approach is developed to provide the highest visibility and legacy for our region from the staging of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the gateway to the Scenic Rim," he said.

"The 2018 Readiness Reference Group provides a channel for groups to connect with Council as well as the various administrative bodies and government agencies involved in Games preparations."

Members of the 2018 Readiness Reference Group have been drawn from the Scenic Rim's sporting, community and business groups.

Along with Cr Enright they include Joy Drescher (Beaudesert), Joy Young (Kalbar), Andy Fechner (Beaudesert), Aria Ferguson (Tamborine Mountain), Peter Harris (Tamborine Mountain), John Flanagan (Tamborine Mountain), Eva Judge (Boonah), Louise Dwyer (Beaudesert) and Heather Lindsay (Canungra).

Mayor Greg Christensen, who this week was thrilled to hear Tamborine Mountain had been selected to host the Queen's Baton relay in Scenic Rim, said the 2018 Readiness Reference Group was working to involve communities across the region in celebrating the 'friendly Games'.

"Tamborine Mountain's participation in the final leg of the Queen's Baton Relay as it makes its way to the Gold Coast for the opening ceremony will not only showcase our region but also connect the Scenic Rim with communities across Australia and the entire Commonwealth," he said.

"Council's 2018 Readiness Reference Group is working to promote community awareness and participation at the local level so everyone in Scenic Rim can join in the Games celebration."