Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Opera House: 150,000 People Sign Petition Opposing Racing NSW Ad

Sydney Opera House executive Louise Herron Sydney Opera House executive Louise Herron
Andrew Wong | 10 October, 2018, 03:53

"This is one of the biggest events of the year", Morrison said Sunday.

NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the advertising for The Everest horse race had been "toned down" since its original proposal.

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

A petition opposing the plan to project Tuesday night's barrier draw for the Everest race onto the venue's sails has garnered more than 206,000 signatures and protesters plan to disrupt the event.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (a former head of Tourism Australia) and NSW opposition leader Luke Foley have thrown their support behind the promotion.

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The NSW government has crossed a unsafe line by selling out to Racing NSW, which was rightly denied use of an equally celebrated symbol, the National Heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge, to spruik the event. It ... has politicians in the palm of its hand, ' the anti-gambling campaigner told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. I don't know why people are getting so precious about it, " Morrison said. Federal MP Anthony Albanese agreed, telling ABC Sydney that people should "chill out a bit" and it was okay to use the Opera House as a "billboard".

"It's not as though they're painting it on there, there are lights flashing up there for a brief period of time".

"I just don't understand why we tie ourselves up in knots about these things", the Prime Minister told 2GB's Alan Jones on Monday morning.

"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.

He insisted that the use of the sails was to promote "a unique Sydney event", and not gambling.

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Racing NSW have since come forward to state that they had originally wanted their promotion to be shown on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

National Trust NSW conservation director Graham Quint says projecting commercial material onto the Opera House contravenes state laws.

The wings have been lit up previously to promote other major sporting events, including the Olympics, but Opera House chief executive Louise Herron said before the government's intervention that she did not want the building to be used as an advertising "billboard".

"When you have a look at The Everest, it is the richest race on turf in the world which is bringing in tourists and visitors", he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

You can check out the petition on Change.org here.

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