Landry urges punters to gamble in moderation today
AS THE race that stops a nation gets underway today, the Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has urged Central Queenslanders to enjoy the spirit of the event - but in moderation.
Ms Landry said the Melbourne Cup was a huge economic boost to the nation and a part of Australia's cultural identity.
But the hard-working MP urged people to enjoy the occasion - including drinking and gambling - in moderation.
"Nationally the cup is said to generate more than $750 million in benefits for Australia's economy including tourism, hospitality, animal husbandry, transport, fashion and retail business," Ms Landry said.
"This is perhaps the only time of year many of us have a flutter on the horses and enjoy a community function or go to the local race track.
"But the message today is to enjoy it in moderation: don't drink and drive, don't gamble beyond your means and maintain your dignity."
Ms Landry said at a community level the Melbourne Cup provided many local Capricornia community groups, schools and charities with the opportunity to fundraise via the 'obligatory' Melbourne Cup lunch.
"When you think about it, even though it's run in Melbourne, here in Central Queensland many community groups have the opportunity to tap into the generosity of people through fundraising events today, so it is day of national prominence."
Ms Landry's cup tip is for Australian female trainer Gai Waterhouse's Excess Knowledge ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.