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Australia Bans Climbing A Sacred Heritage Site

Australia Bans Climbing A Sacred Heritage Site”

Speaking at Uluru for the announcement, senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board Sammy Wilson said the site had deep cultural significance and was not a "theme park".

Beginning on October 26, 2019, climbing Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) will be prohibited.

Figures show only 16 per cent of visitors made the climb during its open times between 2011 and 2015.

Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.

'The traditional owners of the rock have had concerns over the years, ' he said.

"This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realize, of course, it's the right thing to close the "playground".

The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area. "We are not stopping tourists, just this activity". Visitors are already asked not to climb Uluru out of respect for local law and culture, but it's not explicitly prohibited.

"The path left by rubber from the soles of climbers' shoes is visible from kilometres away and some tourists leave litter and damage the rock".

It also warns of the dangers of climbing Uluru, including that many have died while scaling the rock.

The board had announced in 2010 that it would close the climb once the number of visitors to Uluru who had defied the wishes of the traditional owners fell below 20%. The walking tracks on the rock could be removed, and steep fines levied for people who step on Uluru.



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