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

The Chaser project new ad onto Opera House as Jones apologises for Louise Herron interview

The Chaser Projected Alan Jones Phone Number Onto Sydney Opera House

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".

They then shone bright lights onto the barrier draw results and from across the other side of Circular Quay, the numbers of the race horses displayed on the heritage building were obscured.

Protesters have come out in droves in an attempt to foil a campaign to project the The Everest race's barrier draw onto the Sydney Opera House.

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As a result, betting for The Everest was suspended until the results of the draw were beamed onto the shells of Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night.

"We are known for the Sydney Opera House; to use it to advertise a horse race is just taking advantage of it", said Aideen Keane, 16, brandishing a torch as she sat on the Opera House steps, with her mother, Lesa Hogan.

Since the NSW Government directed the Opera House to allow the promotional material to be projected, the backlash over the decision has reached a boiling point.

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The NSW government held high-level meetings on Monday to discuss potential security threats, which include staff tampering with the projection.

Mr Quint said the legal exemptions allowing projection onto the sails made clear that they must be "non-commercial occasions of brief duration".

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. Jones' response to Herron arguing the Opera House is "not a billboard" was: "Who said?"

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Satirical group The Chaser posted a video of the prank on Tuesday morning where they can also be seen shining the message, which was accompanied by Alan Jones' purported mobile number, onto NSW Parliament House and the NSW Art Gallery.

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