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State funeral for ex-GP boss Ron Walker

"Bertie" (2018-02-05)

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The former head of the Australian Grand Prix, Sir Ron Walker, will be farewelled at a state funeral in Melbourne.

gamblingVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a service for Mr Walker would be held on Wednesday at St Paul's Cathedral.

"He was a giant of Victoria and indeed Australia, both in stature and in the contribution that he made over many years in business and public life in setting us up to be the major events and sporting capital of our nation," Mr Andrews told reporters after Mr Walker's death on Tuesday.

Mr Walker wrestled the world-renowned race from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1993, played a role in the creation of Crown white label casino setup and was briefly Melbourne's Lord Mayor in the 1970s.

The successful businessman was also a stalwart of the Liberal party and was party treasurer for more than a decade.

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