David Koch Weighs Into The Opera House Stoush

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However when a prominent radio broadcaster called for the sacking of Opera House chief executive Louise Herron for her refusal to project the branding and race results, vested interests and onlookers alike spoke up.

We like sporting events, we like the arts and we like a good time: but we don't like promoting the gambling industry by advertising an exclusive horse race on the Opera House sails.

Since then, more than 130,000 people have signed an online petition to stop the promotion - but it is still planned to go ahead.

Tomorrow night an advertisement for the Everest racing event will be displayed on the Sydney Opera House.

A spokesman for UNESCO told the Guardian that the World Heritage Center is "looking into this" advertisement, but declined to comment further.

Prime minister Scott Morrison has backed the government's decision calling the landmark the "biggest billboard Sydney has".

"These events generate massive economic opportunities for the state and the city".

"It's not like they're painting it on there".

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"If we said yes to this, "we're fine to put the Everest logo on there" our policy is worthless to us, we're just going to allow whoever comes along to use the Opera House as a billboard, we would lose our World Heritage status", she told local media.

"The commercial benefit of projecting onto the Opera House is undeniable, and we understand that as a major tourist icon, the Opera House will be expected to lend its prestige in the support of tourism from time to time. To me, the Opera House is a representation of Australia's capacity to build splendid things".

"The gambling lobby, particularly in New South Wales, is the equivalent of the National Rifle Association in America".

The 2GB host has defended his interview with Opera House CEO Louise Herron, laying out why he thinks the iconic building's sails should host the horse racing promotion.

"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.

NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole defended his government's decision, saying there was "no way this is devaluing the Opera House". But the state government blocked that plan and offered the Opera House instead.

Last week, the Sydney Opera House board rejected the advert for the Everest Cup - arguing it was an "inappropriate" commercialisation.

The Everest has A$13 million in prize money and is billed as the world's richest turf race. The Change.org petition Defend Our Opera House: Support Lousie Herron is growing at an extraordinary pace.

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