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?

  • fred bell
    signed 2018-10-09 11:54:12 +1100
  • Mark Cattaneo
    signed 2018-10-09 11:54:01 +1100
  • Joanne OReilly
    signed 2018-10-09 11:48:34 +1100
  • Joshua Davis
    signed 2018-10-09 11:47:02 +1100
    The Opera House is an International palace of the Arts. It should never be used as a billboard! Shame on Scott Morrison, Gladys Berejiklian and Paul Toole!
  • Mel Sinclair-Heddle
    @LadyKittington1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 11:46:08 +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=243446
  • Bea Bleile
    signed 2018-10-09 11:44:54 +1100
  • Steph Woods
    signed 2018-10-09 11:44:02 +1100
  • 🌹 kylo rey 🌈
    @lachellabella tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 11:36:40 +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=280452
  • 🌹 kylo rey 🌈
    @lachellabella tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 11:36:40 +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=280452
  • Michelle Presgrave
    signed 2018-10-09 11:36:15 +1100
  • Belinda Selke
    signed 2018-10-09 11:35:26 +1100
  • David Chadderton
    signed 2018-10-09 11:33:15 +1100
    David Chadderton
  • Deborah Nicholls
    signed 2018-10-09 11:27:59 +1100
  • Patricia Abbott
    signed 2018-10-09 11:26:44 +1100
  • Fiona Comerford
    signed 2018-10-09 11:26:43 +1100
  • Zoe Brain
    @Zoe_Brain tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 11:21:33 +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=287228
  • Zoe Brain
    signed 2018-10-09 11:21:13 +1100
  • Anna Tsykin
    signed 2018-10-09 11:13:19 +1100
  • Linda Smith
    signed 2018-10-09 11:02:00 +1100
  • Erin Bennett
    signed 2018-10-09 11:01:37 +1100
  • Nathan Sheldon-Anderson
    signed 2018-10-09 10:46:12 +1100
  • Sandra Hayes
    signed 2018-10-09 10:41:46 +1100
  • Eleanor Sharman
    signed 2018-10-09 10:36:02 +1100
    Eleanor Sharman
  • Gail Hamilton
    signed 2018-10-09 10:35:24 +1100
  • Karan BAjaj
    signed 2018-10-09 10:27:55 +1100
  • Jackie Campisi
    signed 2018-10-09 10:11:19 +1100
  • Daniel Cowdery
    signed 2018-10-09 10:05:37 +1100
  • Marita Linkson
    signed 2018-10-09 09:55:50 +1100
    Using the Sydney Opera House for advertising is completely at odds with the iconic and artistic nature of this beautiful heritage listed building. It’s against Sydney Opera House Policy, it’s abhorrent, embarrassing, and frankly, un-Australian.
  • Marty Davey
    signed 2018-10-09 09:55:28 +1100
    Marty Davey
  • Alex Clark
    signed 2018-10-09 09:54:33 +1100