NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has announced a three point plan to promote Sydney globally, off the back of the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest. 

Mr Foley has criticised the inertia of the Berejiklian Government, endorsing comments of Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys who yesterday said that Victoria’s leaders are leaving our state government for dead when it comes to driving major events.

A Labor Government will:

  1. Beam iconic Sydney images to the world by lighting up the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night with images of The Everest and conduct the barrier draw for The Everest on the Harbour or approaches to the Bridge;
  2. Designate The Everest as a ‘major event’ putting it on the same footing as the NRL Grand Final; and
  3. Work to install lights at Royal Randwick to grow the Spring Carnival and boost other races in the lead up to The Everest.

Racing NSW estimates last year’s Everest meeting contributed $100 million to the Sydney economy.

Night-time racing at Randwick could open up a new market for racing and deliver a significant fillip to the local tourism economy by boosting overnight stays. Racing already contributes $1.9 billion to the state economy and supports around 50,000 jobs.

Mr Foley has long recognised the importance of racing and the thoroughbred industry to the NSW economy: his first act upon being elected as Labor Leader in early 2015 was a pledge to bring wagering taxes for the NSW racing industry into line with Victoria – a policy the Baird Government was then forced to adopt.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley  

“Ms Berejiklian is looking a gift horse in the mouth. Her government can’t be bothered to promote Sydney off the back of The Everest’s phenomenal success. 

“There is a golden opportunity to turn The Everest into something bigger and better that showcases Sydney to the world. This is about filling hotel rooms, restaurants and bars here and driving jobs growth in NSW.

“We should build on the success of The Everest and make it into the biggest racing event in the world. It has the potential and we would be mad not to tap into that. 

“Victoria uses its Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne Cup and Boxing Day Tests to promote Melbourne itself.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Michael Daley  

Our vision is to see The Everest become the biggest racing event in the world.

“We will work with Randwick Council to make sure the lights are turned on for night racing.” 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Major Events Penny Sharpe

“The Everest is still not designated as a major event. This is the first step to making it a truly international occasion. 

“Promoting The Everest to a wider audience will bring rewards and it’s time for the government to act.”