Urgent: Opera House ads may break heritage laws!

BREAKING: Australia Institute research shows using the Sydney Opera House for advertising may break national heritage laws.[1]

"The Opera House is not a billboard, it is a national and world-heritage listed icon."
- Ben Oquist, Executive Director, The Australia Institute.

The repeated nature of the use of the Opera House sails to project night-time images that are potentially inconsistent with the design of the building or its values requires the matter to be referred to the Federal Environment Department under s68 of the EPBC Act, according to analysis by The Australia Institute.

The Sydney Opera House has been on the National Heritage List since 6th July 2005. Heritage listing exists for a reason – to constrain what activities can be taken that might affect a Heritage site’s values. The NSW Premier and the Federal Environment Minister should be ensuring that the law is upheld.

The Government’s own State of the Environment report found that since 2011, the public-sector resources allocated for heritage conservation and management have remained steady or declined and that resources for assessing heritage protection have declined.

Join our call to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price demanding that all legal requirements under Commonwealth environmental law are met before any future visual promotion, including for The Everest horse race, are displayed on the Opera House sails.

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[1] The Sydney Opera House was included on the National Heritage List on 6th July 2005, on the basis of satisfying six of the listing criteria, including:

  • The place's importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group – where the listing statement remarks: ‘the sculptural, billowing sail-like roof shells provide a visual link to and artistic representation of the yacht scattered harbour waters. The ceramic white tiles of the roof further add to this relationship and provide a dramatic contrast with the blue waters of the harbour. The building with its strongly curved design emphasis is juxtaposed with the nearby Sydney Harbour Bridge which itself has a strongly emphasized curvature, and this visual relationship is a further element of the place’s aesthetic appeal. The place’s dramatic aesthetic appeal is enhanced by subtle floodlighting on the white roof shells at night

 

  • The place's strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group.

Australia Institute research shows repeatedly using the Sydney Opera House for advertising may break national heritage laws

Dear Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Environment Minister Melissa Price --

The Opera House is not a billboard, it is a national and international heritage-listed icon.

Using the Opera House for advertising may break national heritage laws.

You must ensure future visual promotions displayed on the Opera House sails meet ALL legal requirements under Commonwealth environmental law.

Will you sign?

  • Roger Fay
    signed 2018-10-09 19:39:50 +1100
    Roger Fay
  • Jennifer English
    signed 2018-10-09 19:15:39 +1100
    Jennifer English
  • Brad Wyatt
    signed 2018-10-09 19:02:55 +1100
  • Steph Moll
    signed 2018-10-09 18:42:02 +1100
  • Sam Quinlan
    signed 2018-10-09 18:31:32 +1100
  • Maris Leger
    signed 2018-10-09 18:15:11 +1100
  • Anne Shaw
    signed 2018-10-09 18:01:21 +1100
  • April Kelson
    signed 2018-10-09 17:54:14 +1100
  • Sophie McLeod
    signed 2018-10-09 17:35:24 +1100
  • Stephanie michell
    signed 2018-10-09 17:29:35 +1100
  • Jacqueline Baker
    signed 2018-10-09 17:08:06 +1100
    This has been a national disgrace.
  • 💧 Simon Ashworth Wood - #HandsOffVenezuela
    @Simon_A_Wood tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 16:56:35 +1100
    Ads on the Opera House sails may breach heritage laws. The Sydney Opera House is a national and international heritage listed icon, not a billboard! Sign the open letter: https://nb.tai.org.au/operahouse_epbc?recruiter_id=241035
  • Matthew Camp
    signed 2018-10-09 16:38:03 +1100
    The fact that this is even open for debate is deplorable. Having illumination for a special event, such as Vivid, is perfectly fine, as it is drawing attention to the monument in a fun and harmless way. To use this justification for advertising is simply abhorrent. Instead of bringing attention to one of our monuments, thus supporting it, advertisements would draw attention away and towards whatever the next cash grab is, thus hurting the Opera House itself. Even worse, advertising gambling on a national monument like this is bound to create tension among those who are problem gamblers and are trying to suppress their urges to gamble. As a nation, we should not use our heritage listed attractions for such petty cash grabs as promoting other services; especially problematic ones such as gambling
  • Stephen Hall
    signed 2018-10-09 16:36:29 +1100
    Stephen J Hall
  • ask412
    @ask412 tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 16:34:13 +1100
    Ads on the Opera House sails may breach heritage laws. The Sydney Opera House is a national and international heritage listed icon, not a billboard! Sign the open letter: https://nb.tai.org.au/operahouse_epbc?recruiter_id=290698
  • Paul Richards
    signed 2018-10-09 16:33:58 +1100
    Paul Richards
  • Maria Bradley
    signed 2018-10-09 16:33:23 +1100
  • David Shaw
    signed 2018-10-09 16:22:07 +1100
  • Anna Doyle
    signed 2018-10-09 16:21:15 +1100
  • Holly Martin
    signed 2018-10-09 16:15:56 +1100
  • Todd Milham
    signed 2018-10-09 16:09:22 +1100
  • Joan Simpson
    signed 2018-10-09 15:58:28 +1100
    There are some lines you don’t cross. If Australia wants to be respected in the international community there needs to be an awareness around lines not to be crossed. Scott Morrison, Beryl Berejiklian, Alan Jones and the racing industry have crossed the line. The worst part is their lack of awareness. Cancel this crude display, please.
  • Tia van Horick
    signed 2018-10-09 15:57:47 +1100
  • Jacinta Bull
    signed 2018-10-09 15:45:30 +1100
  • Sarah Sannen
    signed 2018-10-09 15:35:46 +1100
  • Melanie Smith
    signed 2018-10-09 15:26:46 +1100
  • Lorraine Clark
    signed 2018-10-09 15:20:30 +1100
    The Opera House is not a billboard, it’s one of the most famous buildings on the world.

    It would look crass, and tarty! To deface it with advertisements! No way!!
  • Kate Cranney
    signed 2018-10-09 15:15:15 +1100
  • Matthew Woodhead
    signed 2018-10-09 15:02:46 +1100