The NSW Premier says "all sides of politics" support the decision and she has asked people to "wait and see" what the advertisement looks like before they rushed to make judgement.
The Opera House has been lit up before during the Vivid festival and the Olympics, so there is an air of inevitability that racing interests should have muscled their way onto the pristine white sails, writes Michaela Boland.
Allen Walsh's farm has been bone-dry for 18 months and has had to sell his livestock, but using the power of folk music he has been able to stay positive through the devastating drought.
The Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures coproduction took home five awards, crowning STC's night of success.
Melbourne Theatre Company's associate director Sarah Goodes is the only woman recognised in the Best Director category in this year's Helpmann Awards, revealing the live performance industry's prevailing bias towards male directors.
The costs of Cate Blanchett's Broadway debut and converting Muriel's Wedding into a stage musical have left the nation's busiest not-for-profit theatre with the biggest deficit in its 39-year history.