Climbing Uluru Will Be Banned From October 2019

Please do not climb Uluru sign

The traditional landowners, the Anangu, have always refused to climb Uluru and consider it sacred.

"It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland", said board chairman Sammy Wilson, who is Anangu.

Some 60,000 people a year ignored this plea and climbed anyway, but the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has now voted unanimously to put a stop to the controversial practice.

CLIMBING the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining visitors to the Australian landmark increasingly recognise its sacredness to indigenous people.

Wilson, who runs an indigenous-owned tour operator, said visitors shouldn't feel that there will be nothing to do after Uluru is closed to climbers.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta management board discussed permanently closing the climbing route on Uluru on Wednesday.

Anangu owners make up a majority of the park's board and would have been able to institute a policy change without the backing of the non-Anangu board members.

"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don't enter or climb it, I respect it".

Figures show only 16 per cent of visitors made the climb during its open times between 2011 and 2015. According to Parks Australia, the climb is the traditional route taken by Mala on their arrival at Uluru, and the path is of great significant to Anangu.

"Instead of tourists feeling disappointed in what they can do here, they can experience the homelands with Anangu and really enjoy the fact that they learned so much more about culture".


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