A government push to use the Sydney Opera House's sails to advertise a horse racing event over the wishes of the building's management sparked uproar among many Australians over the commercialization of an iconic landmark.
The A$13 million Everest race, which boasts the world's biggest turf race prize, is due to take place in Sydney this week and organizers are pushing to promote it on the white wings of the Opera House.
Critics say the World Heritage site should be protected from commercialization.
"Sydney's landmarks are not the playthings of those with money, they are ours and let's keep it that way," social activist Mike Woodcock wrote.
The Everest, which ran its inaugural race last year, is run over 1200 metres.
"The version that is going to be displayed is much toned down from what the government was first presented with," the Herald reported NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as saying.