Business leaders and politicians will pay tribute to former Australian Grand Prix boss Ron Walker at a state funeral in Melbourne.
Mr Walker, who last week died after a long battle with cancer, will be farewelled at the city’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday.
The businessman was responsible for bringing the Grand Prix from Adelaide to Melbourne in the 1990s, played a role in the creation of Crown Casino and was the city’s lord mayor for a few years in the 1970s.
A Liberal Party stalwart, Mr Walker personally underwrote the Victorian branch’s debt at one stage, and was the federal party’s treasurer for more than a decade.
The state’s Labor Premier Daniel Andrews earlier paid tribute to Mr Walker as a “giant of Victoria and indeed Australia”.
Wednesday’s state funeral will begin at 2pm and is set to be broadcast live in Federation Square.