UPDATE @ October 10: MORE than 3000 people descended on the Sydney Opera House overnight to protest the Racing NSW projections on the iconic building.
The protesters gathered on the stairs and along the boardwalk around 7.30pm, chanting ‘shame on you’ as they used torches and mobile phone lights to disrupt the 6-minute projection of the Everest horse race contenders.
The son of Australian architect Peter Hall, the man who completed the Opera House, was among those protesting the controversial light show on Tuesday night.
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In a speech to the crowd, he said he “feels outraged this has happened.”
“Our house is a precious gift to the world. We have to fight to stop more of this appalling advertising,” he said.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 9, 2018
EARLIER @ October 9: A plan to broadcast a live barrier draw for this weekend’s multi-million dollar Everest race onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House has been cancelled.
Racing NSW pulled the plug on the plans because of security concerns following massive public outrage over using the famous icon.
Protesters had been planning to demonstrate at the Opera House tonight.
The results of the barrier draw will still be beamed onto the sails, but the draw has already taken place.
Stewards held the barrier draw this morning behind closed doors, with betting on the event suspended until the results are revealed.
The New South Wales Government has come under fire for allowing the event to be promoted on arguably Australia’s most famous building.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian intervened to allow it to go ahead just hours after the Opera House Chief Executive Louise Herron copped a major on-air spray from broadcaster Alan Jones.
Pressure is growing for laws to be changed to prevent the same thing happening again.
265,000 have now signed a petition protesting at the use of the Opera House to promote the event.
Heritage groups have expressed their disappointment at turning the building into a “billboard” with some suggesting it could even be illegal given its World Heritage status.