Burdekin adds shine to the 2019 Melbourne Cup
A Burdekin charity could soon have an extra $50,000 to deliver support for local domestic violence programs following the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival.
A Burdekin charity could soon have an extra $50,000 to deliver support for local domestic violence programs following the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival, after discussions between Burdekin Shire Council, Mt Carlton’s Evolution Mining and the Victoria Racing Club.
The $50,000 forms part of Victoria Racing Club’s charity Melbourne Cup sweepstake, which allocates 24 regional Australian destinations with one barrier each for the Cup. The region behind the barrier of the winning horse is awarded the prizemoney for their chosen charity.
The Burdekin has drawn barrier 22 in the race with its nominated charity local not-for-profit social, welfare and health support group, Burdekin Community Association Inc (BCA).
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the charity sweepstake was an exciting opportunity for regional Australia to reap some of the rewards of the country’s richest horse race.
“The Burdekin Shire is incredibly grateful to have been selected as one of only 24 rural and regional areas represented in the 2019 charity Melbourne Cup sweepstake, and Council is delighted to nominate the Burdekin Community Association as our chosen charity,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“The continual service BCA offers to the Burdekin is outstanding, and we have everything crossed that they are the winners on race day. We are incredibly grateful to Evolution Mining for supporting the attendance of representatives to Melbourne for the race itself.
Burdekin Community Association’s Housing and Community Support Service Coordinator Rebecca Grogan will attend the Lexus Melbourne Cup with Constable Lia Bruhn from the Queensland Police Service, in recognition of their joint efforts towards addressing domestic violence in the Burdekin.
“This year’s Cup holds special significance to our region, with the gold used to make the coveted trophy sourced from Evolution Mining’s Mt Carlton mine, South of Home Hill, for the first time in history. We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Evolution Mining in both hosting the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and selecting local representatives to travel to Melbourne for the Carnival.”
Evolution Mining Mt Carlton General Manager Anton Kruger said it was an honour to be invited to contribute to one of Australia’s most prestigious globally-recognised events.
“While 2019 is the first time Evolution Mining’s Mt Carlton operation has sourced the gold for the Melbourne Cup, we hope that it will not be the last,” Mr Kruger said.
“We are excited to be partnering with the Burdekin Shire on this event, on the international stage, demonstrating that our region and its produce really are world class. We look forward to working further with the Burdekin Shire Council to help deliver sustainable outcomes for this region.”
Burdekin Shire representatives will attend the Lexus Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 2 November, where each horse will be assigned to a barrier, before the race that stops a nation on Tuesday 5 November. The region which has drawn the barrier of the winning horse will receive a $50,000 donation from the Victoria Racing Club.