“So they’re going to damage it are they?” Jones said.

“We own the Opera House. Do you get that message? You don’t. You manage it,” Jones said. He said if she did not change her position “if I were Gladys Berejiklian I would pick up the phone and sack you today.”

Ms Herron replied: “We have said yes to the Peter V’landys request to put the jockeys’ colours on the sails. We have no problem with that.”

“What we won’t do is put text or videos of horse running or horses’ numbers or names or the Everest logo on the Opera House,” she said.

Video obtained by Fairfax Media of the official Racing NSW submission to the Opera House shows it wants large lists of horse names projected on the sails along with The Everest logo, video footage of horse racing and jockey’s colours.

In some shots in the 50-second concept video, the giant Everest logo does not fit on the sails properly, and it ends with a poorly etched horse and jockey racing across the sails.

Racing NSW's proposed projection for the Opera House.

Racing NSW’s proposed projection for the Opera House.

When Jones asked why Ms Herron would not project the text and logo on the Opera House, she replied: “It’s not a billboard”.

Jones replied: “Who said? You. Who the hell do you think… who do you think you are?”

Mr V’landys also phoned into the interview, and agreed with Jones that merely lighting up the Opera House sails with jockeys colours would mean “nothing.”

Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron.

Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron.Credit:Louise Kennerley

“You can’t do a barrier draw without putting the horses’ name and the number,” Mr V’landys said. “That’s the whole idea of the promotion, is to beam that around the world.”

Mr V’landys said Racing NSW had agreed to not project the Everest logo onto the Opera House. “We met those demands.”

But Racing NSW wants to project an image of the Everest cup onto the sails.

“Does the trophy say Everest Cup on it?” Ms Herron asked.

“It says Everest,” Mr V’landys replied.

Mr V’landys also asked Ms Herron about an occasion in which rugby union branding was projected on to the Opera House sails.

“We were directed to do that,” Ms Herron said.

“So why is racing being discriminated against?” Mr V’landys asked.

Jones, meanwhile, said Ms Herron should “put her resignation on the table today”.

“You are completely out of your depth,” he said to Ms Herron.

“I’m telling you that I will be speaking to Gladys Berejiklian in about five, three minutes and if you can’t come to the party Louise you should lose your job.”

The Herald has requested comment from Ms Berejiklian about the issue.

Labor leader Luke Foley told ABC Radio that the Opera House should be used to promote Sydney.

“What’s being proposed here is I think reasonable,” Mr Foley said.

“I didn’t hear an outcry when the sails were lit up to promote the Mardi Gras or Ashes cricket,” he said.

The Everest will be run on Saturday, October 13 at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

With Rachel Clun

Jacob Saulwick is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.


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