Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

Broadcaster Alan Jones now says he regrets his comments

The decision to conduct the draw in private on Tuesday morning, hours earlier than expected, was made by the thoroughbred racing industry body to "circumvent any security risks".

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

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. It should be noted that Herron was upholding the statute of the Opera House in doing so.

The barrier draw will be published at 7.30pm on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of torchlights shone on the Sydney Opera House as protesters attempted to disrupt the controversial promotion of a multi-million dollar horse race on the icon's sails.

Some attendees held signs slamming the NSW government and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

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The forecourt and surrounding areas of the Opera House were packed with onlookers and people looking to make a stand against the use of the building to promote race colours, barrier draw numbers and The Everest Trophy for the lucrative event.

'I don't know why people are getting so precious about it.

The NSW government is facing a growing backlash this week after it ordered the Opera House to display a promotion for Racing NSW over the objections of the building's caretakers.

This afternoon the Heritage Council of New South Wales delivered a damning letter directly to the Premier expressing its "extreme disappointment" with her decision to allow the advertising to go ahead.

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

In fact, ABC's the Chaser has already staged its own protest, posting a video to Twitter of themselves driving around Sydney projecting "Advertise here - call Alan", and listing what is apparently Jones' real phone number, onto the Opera House, the Art Gallery of NSW and state parliament.

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