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Uluru Climbing by Tourists Banned Starting in 2019

Uluru Climbing by Tourists Banned Starting in 2019

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:14 PM

Uluru climbing by tourists will be banned starting in 2019 at the iconic Australian formation, also known as Ayers Rock.

The decision came after a unanimous vote was passed by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board last week, having previously consulted with the greater Anangu community, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

"Some people in tourism and government for example might have been saying we need to keep it open but it's not their law that lies in this land," said senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board, Sammy Wilson, according to ABC.

"It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland. The Government needs to respect what we are saying about our culture in the same way it expects us to abide by its laws."

He added that, after much discussion the board, comprising traditional owners and representatives from National Parks, decided "it's time."

In 2010 the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board said in a statement that it would close the climb if one of three preconditions were met. Among these stipulations was that if the percentage of visitors making the climb were to fall under 20 percent.

Only 16 percent of visitors climbed Ulura between 2011 and 2015, USA Today reported. While visitors have been permitted to climb the remote rock, officials have always discouraged it out of respect to the traditional custodians of the land.

A sign located at the base of the rock reads, per USA Today: "We, the traditional Anangu owners have this to say. Uluru is sacred in our culture, a place of great knowledge. Under our traditional law, climbing is not permitted. This is our home."

Climbing on Ulura will be banned on Oct. 26, 2019, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board stated.

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