Activists face court over Opera House climb

The group has repeatedly targeted retailer Harvey Norman (AAP)

By Angela Lavoipierre
Cross-posted from here

A court has heard three people charged for climbing the Sydney Opera House during an environmental protest will plead guilty.

But two women who were allegedly involved with the action by conservation group The Last Stand have pleaded not guilty.

Police say Gemma Romuld and Carly Phillips refused to leave the area during the protest on October 8.

A large banner was unfurled from one of the Opera House sails, saying in part “No Harvey Norman, No”.

The Last Stand has staged numerous events targeting the retailer, which it accuses of contributing to the destruction of Australia’s native forests.

The group’s lawyer told the court this morning the three accused of climbing the building’s sail will enter guilty pleas tomorrow.

They remain free on bail, on the condition they remain at least 500 metres from the Opera House.

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