Lismore has been announced as one of 31 destinations across Australia and New Zealand that will host a visit from the 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The Victorian Racing Club yesterday announced the towns and cities that will host the cup as part of the 15th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
Lismore City Council’s manager of tourism and events, Mitch Lowe, said the tour would give the community an opportunity to ‘come together and experience the magic that is the Melbourne Cup’.
‘The Emirates Melbourne Cup is such an iconic piece of Australian history and culture and having it visit Lismore will provide a wonderful opportunity for locals from all walks of life to unite and celebrate this special event,’ Mr Lowe said.
Commencing on July 1, the $200,000 trophy will visit 31 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, starting in West Wyalong in regional NSW, where the gold used by ABC Bullion to make the trophy is mined, before returning to Flemington for ‘The ‘Race That Stops A Nation’TM on the first Tuesday in November.
VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said the Cup is an Australian cultural icon so it’s only fitting that the trophy and its rich history is taken on a journey to meet the people.
‘The Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the stories intrinsically linked to the Cup and its contribution to Australia’s cultural and historical heritage,’ Mrs Elliott said.
‘Since the Tour began in 2003, we have delighted in bringing communities together in the shared history and magic of this extraordinary phenomenon. ‘
The cup will be on display in Lismore on 3 September.