Protestors disrupt racing promo on Sydney Opera House

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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.

Overnight the comedy group shared footage of some members driving around Sydney in a vehicle with a projector attached, projecting the words "Advertise Here: Call Alan" onto the NSW Art Gallery, Parliament House and the Opera House.

More than 265,000 people have signed a petition protesting the use of the Opera House to promote the event.

The broadcaster yesterday morning apologised for his on-air treatment of the Opera House CEO Louise Herron, an interview that drew accusations of bullying. Herron initially refused to allow Jones' racing mates to advertise gambling on the sails of the Opera House.

Racing NSW, the race organizer, had planned to project the draw live on to the Opera House.

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

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This goes way beyond just the Opera House, according to Aly, because it happens all the time.

"I encourage the input and say people protest for governments to listen - and we do that - but I also say people on all sides of the argument should be respectful".

More than a thousand protesters armed with smartphones and torches gathered in response to the government's decision to project the barrier draw for The Everest onto the icon's shells. The Sydney Opera House initially rejected the proposal but a state official overruled and allowed a revised 10-minute projection of the ad for October 9.

"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", council chair Stephen Davies wrote in a letter to state Premier Gladys Berejiklian delivered on Tuesday.

"The Opera House management has approved exemptions under the Heritage Act to make these types of decisions", the spokesman said.

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