Sydney Opera House forced to display horse-racing ads on roof

Rosalie Gross
October 10, 2018

They also beamed the message on the NSW Art Gallery and NSW Parliament House just for good measure.

The apology came hours after The Chaser had taken matters into their own hands, with a stunt that saw them project what was "apparently" Jones' real phone number onto a number of Sydney landmarks including the Opera House.

On Tuesday night, hundreds of torchlights shone on the Opera House as protesters attempted to disrupt the controversial promotion of a multi-million dollar horse race on the icon's sails.

"I'm upset at the way the issue panned out publicly, but I'm equally upset at those who've come out now and been nearly as vitriolic in expressing their views", Ms Berejiklian told ABC.

Protester Joshua Richardson, 19, said he had no problem with the Opera House being lit up in the "right context" but said this illumination was "horrible". "In relation to Louise [Herron], I was tough regarding an issue I and others felt is very important. So, to Louise and to those people who have been offended, if we are offended that was not my intention, I do apologise".

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition protesting the promotion, while the NSW National Trust has questioned whether the move was legal.

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Jones has, however, apologised to Herron.

"Unless for a specific artistic goal in relation to Sydney Opera House, text or slogans will not be permitted", the policy reads. Racing NSW boss Peter V'Landys says, however, that Jones has "absolutely no financial interest" in the Everest.

The top comment on the page states "Sydney should not be hostage to Alan Jones and the gambling establishments".

In a speech to the crowd, he said he "feels outraged this has happened".

Protesters pointed their torches and flashlights at the sails, where horse numbers, colours and a logo for The Everest would be projected, in an attempt to wash it out.

"This is one of the biggest events of the year... why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?" said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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