Sydney at odds over horseracing adverts on opera house roof

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2018

'The gambling lobby, particularly in New South Wales, is the equivalent of the National Rifle Association in America.

"This is one of the biggest events of the year why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has", he said on Sunday.

In the live radio interview, Jones interrogated Herron about her decision to not allow the logo and words "The Everest" - which is the world's richest horse race on turf, and the pinnacle event of Sydney's spring-racing program - to appear on the famous sails.

But Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Saturday the projects were "blatant commercialisation" while a petition against the move has attracted more than 40,000 signatures in two days. It ... has politicians in the palm of its hand, ' the anti-gambling campaigner told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys, the man behind The Everest to be held at Randwick racecourse this weekend.

'These events generate massive economic opportunities. "I don't know why people are getting so precious about it", Mr Morrison said.

He continued: 'It's not as if they're painting it on there. I mean, it's some lights flashing up there for a brief moment of time.

'I just don't understand why we tie ourselves up in knots about these things'.

Protesters will gather at the Opera House on Tuesday night to try and disrupt the Everest projection using torches and mobile phone lights.

Later on the program, Jones went on a tirade against "lefties" taking issue with the promotion of horse racing on the Opera House sails, wildly claiming it was hypocritical given the event space was sold for concerts and events and "whatever will raise money for Louise".

"The World Heritage listing requires not only that the building be preserved in its fabric, but also that it be presented properly. and no way under the current conservation management plan should this be allowed, " Quint added. "All that is left is the trophy, the colour of the jockey silks and the barrier the horse has drawn", Mr V'landys told the Sydney Morning Herald.

National Trust NSW conservation director Graham Quint says projecting commercial material onto the Opera House contravenes state laws. The Everest is the world's richest turf race and injected $100 million into the NSW economy a year ago.

The decision has sparked widespread outrage and a number of online petitions calling for the Opera House to be protect being used as an advertising billboard.

Almost 165,000 people had signed an online petition as of Monday against using the Opera House for the promotion, which has dominated social media in Australia.

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