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More than 265,000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW government to reverse its decision to allow the advertisement.

Protesters have targeted the planned projection of The Everest horse race colours and numbers onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Controversy has raged ever since it emerged the Opera House was going to be used to help promote The Everest, which is billed as the world's richest turf race and is a massive drawcard for tourism in NSW.

"Alan called your boss", he tells the guard.

"It would be great if she also accepted the views of 232,000 other people that are on the other side of this".

Betting has been suspended on The Everest until barriers for the 12 runners are revealed on Tuesday night.

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Protest organiser Rachel Evans says there's "a lot of anger on the streets" about the promotion which she's described as an "assault on the Opera House".

Almost 3000 people are also expected to attend a protest at that time to disrupt the Everest projection with torches and mobile phone lights.

The NSW government held high-level meetings on Monday to discuss potential security threats, which include staff tampering with the projection.

'It will be kept secure until it is released to the public on the Opera House tonight'.

In the letter, Heritage Council chair Stephen Davies said the decision goes against existing management policy and may impact the UNESCO expectation for World Heritage sites.

It comes at a time when there has already been significant backlash after radio host Alan Jones stepped in to implore NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian to allow The Everest to beam images on the Opera House's iconic sails.

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