Lord Mayor arrives in Australia

Visit to coincide with the Gold Coast 2018 closing ceremony.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood has arrived in Queensland for a tour in which she will represent the city at the Handover Ceremony at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Her itinerary includes a visit to meet schoolchildren on an arts project, meetings with State and City government officials, observing parts of the Gold Coast 2018 cultural programme and a tour of the world-leading Griffith University – ahead of receiving the Commonwealth Games Federation flag at Carrara Stadium on April 15th.

Amongst those she will meet on behalf of Birmingham during her stay in Australia are: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey (Governor of Queensland); Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP; Kerry Petersen (Deputy Director-General for Office of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland).

At a regional and city level her list of meetings includes: Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cllr Graham Quirk; Gold Coast Mayor Cllr Tom Tate and Libby Lincoln (Lead for Arts and Culture at City of Gold Coast).

She will discuss a range of matters, including the Games legacy and community engagement in the run up to a major event such as the Commonwealth Games. Cllr Underwood said: “It is an honour and one of the highlights of my Mayoral year to be given the opportunity of representing Birmingham on an international stage when the eyes of the sporting world will be on the city.”