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Climbing to be banned on sacred Australian rock

02 November 2017, 12:29 | Marta Robbins

Uluru climbing ban 'very likely'

Sky News understands tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru on 26 October 2019

About two years from now, tourists won't be able to climb an iconic rock formation in Australia.

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", Board Chairman and Anangu man Sammy Wilson said.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly managed by Anangu and the Director of National Parks, and was handed back to Anangu in 1985 by the then-Hawke Labor government.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board has imposed a ban as the rock is considered a sacred place by its indigenous owners.

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The board had previously indicated it wouldn't ban climbing until fewer than 20 percent of visitors to the park chose to climb the rock, or it was otherwise clear that the park could attract visitors even with a ban.

'Over the years Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open, ' he said. "Let's come together; let's close it together", he said. According to the board, only 16 per cent of visitors to the national park climbed Uluru from 2011 to 2015.

Signs at the base of Uluru urge tourists not to climb because of the rock's sacredness in Anangu culture.

"Perhaps most disturbingly, many people die climbing Uluru".

While there have been concerns over the ban's impact on tourism, the number of visitors who climb Uluru have steadily dropped, largely thanks to increased awareness and education.



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