Petition supporting Opera House boss surges past 265000 signatures

The Opera House has previously been used to promote messages

Betting has been suspended on The Everest until barriers for the 12 runners are revealed on Tuesday night.

More than a thousand protesters chanting "save our sails" and "it's our house" gathered in front of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night in protest at the Racing NSW projections on the World Heritage listed building.

"We are known for the Sydney Opera House; to use it to advertise a horse race is just taking advantage of it", said Aideen Keane, 16, brandishing a torch as she sat on the Opera House steps, with her mother, Lesa Hogan.

Political manipulator Jones, whose superpower is to be able to wrap gutless Liberal Party politicians around his little orifice, is behind the verbal bullying of Opera House CEO Louise Herron.

Jones had called for Ms Herron to be sacked during a testy confrontation on Friday after she ruled out allowing words or branding highlighting The Everest race to be projected onto the Opera House because "it's not a billboard".

The barrier draw was today held in confidence by Racing NSW stewards with the results kept private until they were beamed onto the Opera House sails.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian then intervened within hours of the interview to allow the horse race's promotion but has denied she caved in to Jones.

The change.org petition titled Defend our opera house: support Louise Herron, had passed 265,000 signatures by The Mandarin's Tuesday midday publication time.

The petition was delivered to state parliament on Tuesday morning, where member for Sydney Alex Greenwich later confirmed he would try to remove the power of government to overrule Opera House management.

The NSW Heritage Council, an adviser to the government on heritage issues, said it was disappointed with the government's decision to turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

"It will be kept secure until it is released to the public on the Opera House tonight". The guidelines have always been stretched in the part and the commercialisation of the Opera House has always been there.

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