Australia: Sydney Opera House Site Of Battle Over Horse Racing Promotion

Australia: Sydney Opera House Site Of Battle Over Horse Racing Promotion

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys took the decision to conduct the draw on Tuesday morning prior to the barrier draw function to circumvent any security risks as the fallout from use of the Opera House to promote the race continues.

More than 1000 demonstrators gathered outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night to protest projections promoting the upcoming Everest Cup horse race.

Alan Jones has this morning apologised on his 2GB Breakfast show for comments he made in an interview with Opera House CEO Louise Herron last week.

He added that he did not believe his actions "qualify as those of a bully or a misogynist but there are clearly many people who do", and that he would be writing to Herron later in the day.

Racing NSW officials have named six potential emergencies for slot-holders for The Everest this Saturday, while they have also suspended betting on Tuesday afternoon after the barrier draw was conducted.

The change.org petition titled Defend our opera house: support Louise Herron, had passed 265,000 signatures by The Mandarin's Tuesday midday publication time.

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Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres called on Sydney to end the bitter division over the Opera House's use.

The NSW Heritage Council said it was extremely disappointed with the government's decision which would turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

On Monday National Trust NSW conservation director Graham Quint suggested the move to project advertising onto the Opera House could be illegal, given its commercial nature. I think because they'd assume all of the rough and tough people go to the horse racing.

Ms Berejiklian said the Opera House policy had similarly been breached for the Ashes, Wallabies and a Samsung promotion. He cut her off immediately as she attempted to explain the heritage listing of the Opera House and then said he would be calling the Premier.

Mr Quint said the government still hadn't explained how projecting advertising onto the sails adhered to the exemptions.

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