Chaser projects Alan Jones’ ad and phone number onto Sydney Opera House


Last Friday, Jones was accused of bullying Opera House chief Louise Herron after she refused a request for a promotion for The Everest race to be projected onto the building's sails.

"Alan Jones and his gambling mates at Racing NSW want to turn the Opera House into their own promotional billboard".

Betting on the race was also suspended in the hours from when the draw was held until the results being projected amid fears of a security breach.

More than a thousand protesters armed with smartphones and torches gathered at the Opera House on Tuesday night in response to the government's decision to project the barrier draw for The Everest onto the icon's shells.

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.

"I seriously doubt Alan would go to the trouble of getting in touch but you never know".

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It comes at a time when there has already been significant backlash after radio host Alan Jones stepped in to implore NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian to allow The Everest to beam images on the Opera House's iconic sails.

"The use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is a completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place", council chair Stephen Davies said in a letter to the premier on Tuesday.

The apology comes as the Change-org petition pushing support for Herron and for the Opera House to remain "billboard free" now has more than 235,000 signatures and was delivered to NSW state parliament this morning.

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

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