Sydney Opera House horse race advert ignites furore

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"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.

Demonstrators are seen protesting against the decision to project the barrier draw results for Racing NSW's multi-million dollar race, The Everest, onto the sails of the Opera House, in Sydney, Australia, October 9, 2018.

There are others though who are strongly in favour, with one supporter saying: "Gamblers paid for the Opera House Peter with a lottery".

"People have a great deal of respect for the Opera House, it's World Heritage so people worldwide treasure it. and the idea that we'd use it as a Parramatta Road billboard is quite wrong - this is just crass commercialism", Quint said.

The Sydney Opera House, inaugurated in 1973, is recognised by the United Nations as a "masterpiece of 20th Century architecture". The U.N. declared the expressionist building a "masterpiece of 20th Century architecture" and conferred World Heritage status in 2007.

The Aus$13 million (US$10 million) Everest race, which boasts the world's biggest turf race prize, is due to take place in Sydney next week and organisers are pushing to promote it on the white wings of the Opera House.

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The amended design retains the word "Everest" and jockey numbers - elements that had been classified by the opera house as commercial logos.

The shock-jock broadcaster accused Herron of making a bad decision, saying, "If I were [NSW Premier] Gladys Berejiklian, I would pick up the phone and sack you today". When Ms Herron put her arguments to...

A Unesco spokesperson told The Guardian it was "looking into" the matter, but would not immediately comment.

"This is one of the biggest events of the year why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has", the prime minister told reporters in regional NSW on Sunday.

Among prominent critics, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore called the advert "blatant commercialisation. for an industry notorious for damaging gambling and animal cruelty".

Herron's insistence that the landmark not be commercialised has now been overruled by Premier Berejiklian and her Government, after two days of negotiation brokered by Sports Minister Stuart Ayers. Mr Morrison said on Sunday. Should the Opera House be used as a billboard?

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