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2006 Media Releases - Corporate - Voting for the New 7 Wonders of the World ramps up with Sydney Opera House

Issued Wednesday, 9 August 2006


Australians unite and show your patriotism! Get behind this country’s most famous and most loved building, Sydney Opera House.

As Australia’s only nominee for the New 7 Wonders of the World, Sydney Opera House is relying on all 20 million of us to pick up the phone or log onto the Internet to vote.

For Australian fans eager to back Sydney Opera House, there are now two more simple ways to vote: send an SMS text message or call by phone! Sydney Opera House is one of the 21 finalist candidates and has stimulated considerable interest for the project in Australia.

Online voting was launched across the globe in March 2006 and votes can be submitted until July 6, 2007. On July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07, the New 7 Wonders, as chosen by the people of the world, will be announced in a spectacular gala broadcast worldwide.

It’s been a big year for Sydney Opera House, also nominated for World Heritage Listing in January 2006. Sydney Opera House is the youngest candidate, at the tender age of 33, to be nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. In contrast, the Great Wall of China has been standing for 2,000 years, the Taj Mahal for 400 years, and the Eiffel Tower for over 115 years.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Norman Gillespie, said “We are delighted to be one of the finalists. As Australia’s only nomination, we believe we will get the full support from Australians around the globe.”

Bernard Weber, founder of the New7Wonders campaign, explains, "The New 7 Wonders of the World will be chosen based on the number of votes received from around the globe - people of Australia, let your voices be heard in this first-ever global vote!"

But how can Australia ensure our Opera House becomes one of the New 7 Wonders?

To vote for Sydney Opera House by phone, dial 1902 977 777 from any phone and follow the instructions. Each call costs $0.55 per minute.

To vote for Sydney Opera House via SMS text message, send “SOH” to 1977 7717. Each text message costs $0.55.

To vote for Sydney Opera House online, visit, register online, and vote for your New 7 Wonders of the World. Online voting is free.

The New 7 Wonders campaign was launched in 2000 by Swiss film producer, author and aviator Bernard Weber to select the Seven New Wonders of the World via the first global voting campaign. Half of the profits generated will be donated to global good causes in monument and building restoration and preservation.

The 21 finalist candidates for the New 7 Wonders of the World are:

01 – Acropolis, Athens, Greece
02 – Alhambra, Granada, Spain
03 – Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
04 – Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
05 – Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
06 – Colosseum, Rome, Italy
07 – Easter Island Statues, Easter Island, Chile
08 – Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
09 – Great Wall of China
10 – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey
11 – Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan
12 – The Kremlin/St. Basil’s, Moscow, Russia
13 – Machu Picchu, the Andes, Peru
14 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen, Germany
15 – Petra, Jordan
16 – Pyramids of Giza, Giza, Egypt
17 – Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
18 – Stonehenge, Amesbury, England
19 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
20 – Taj Mahal, Agra, India
21 – Timbuktu, Mali

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