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Melbourne Games baton reaches final leg

13/03/2006 06:05:16 AM Comments (0)

The Commonwealth Games Queen's baton arrives in Victoria on Monday morning aboard a ferry from Tasmania.

The baton will receive an official Aboriginal welcome at a ceremony at 7.35am (AEDT) on Station Pier, Port Melbourne.

A number of high profile Victorians are among the runners who will take the baton on a 91km journey from the docks to Nunawadding in the city's east.

Former AFL premiership footballer Desmond Tuddenham, who played 270 games for Collingwood and Essendon, will run with the baton through Port Melbourne just before 8am (AEDT), speed skater Colin Coates will run 20 minutes later in South Melbourne, and music guru Ian "Molly" Meldrum will take the baton through St Kilda just before 9am (AEDT).

Just before 8.30am (AEDT), Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham will drive the baton around the Albert Park Lake Grand Prix track in a 1956 Formula One car.

The baton is on day 364 of its 180,000km trip through all 71 nations of the Commonwealth.

It will reach the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the Games opening ceremony on March 15.

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