Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

"It will be kept secure until it is released to the public on the Opera House tonight".

During the interview last Friday Jones berated Herron, asking "who do you think you are?" repeatedly. Because hey, why stop at selling out just one national landmark?

With 2GB breakfast host Alan Jones at the centre of the storm - for stridently advocating for the use of the Opera House to promote the Everest Horse Race and calling upon its CEO Louise Herron to be sacked - Goa has produced boards offering him free use of its "real billboards".

The decision to conduct the draw in private on Tuesday morning, hours earlier than expected, was made by the thoroughbred racing industry body to "circumvent any security risks".

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"Alan Jones and his gambling mates at Racing NSW want to turn the Opera House into their own promotional billboard". NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian later overruled Herron and gave Racing NSW most of what was being asked.

"The use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is a completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place", council chair Stephen Davies said in a letter to the premier on Tuesday.

In the letter, Heritage Council chair Stephen Davies said the decision goes against existing management policy and may impact the UNESCO expectation for World Heritage sites.

"Our house is a precious gift to the world", Mr Hall said.

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The effect of the protesters' lights was varied.

At 7.40pm when the famous sails were first lit up, people lining the building's forecourt also began to shine beams of light from torches onto the images in the hopes of obscuring the message.

'I don't know why people are getting so precious about it.

The radio presenter said he was bombarded with "anonymous phone calls. every minute" after The Chaser projected his personal mobile phone number onto the sails of the Opera House and on the walls of NSW Parliament House the previous night.

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