Protesters Used Spotlights To Disrupt Opera House Projections

Oct 10, 2018, 02:11
Protesters Used Spotlights To Disrupt Opera House Projections

Nevertheless, despite the torchlight, the results of the barrier draw were clearly visible, with short-priced runner and previous champion Redzel securing the prized inside barrier, closest to the rail, and bookmakers having resumed taking bets.

"In an official statement, Racing NSW said: "[We have] made the decision to conduct the draw prior to the event to circumvent any security risks that may exist".

The Opera House initially knocked back a proposal by Racing NSW, but were overruled by the NSW Government after conservative broadcaster Alan Jones harangued Opera House CEO Louis Herron on his radio show and said she ought to be sacked.

The original plan by Racing NSW was to hold a live barrier draw and project the results onto the Opera House facade, alongside the jockeys' colours, barrier results and The Everest logo.

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Jones and Premier Gladys Berejiklian faced vocal backlash after she intervened within hours of the interview to allow the horse race to be promoted on the Opera House.

Thousands of Sydneysiders are apparently preparing for a night of protest at the Opera House over a six-minute Everest-related light display at the iconic venue.

Brisbane-based outdoor operator, Goa, has dived into the controversial debate over Racing NSW's upcoming use of the Opera House as a billboard.

"It is the view of the Heritage Council that the use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place that is valued by many around the world", he said.

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When asked whether the promotion was legal, a spokesman for NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton pointed to the same exemptions they had been questioned over. 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.

"The Wallabies or Vivid, they aren't advertising gambling, which is detrimental to so many families", Mr Richardson said.

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

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