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Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Uluru climbing ban from 2019

Uluru climbing ban from 2019

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park board asked visitors to understand the new rule as upholding a long-held request of the Anangu - indigenous Australians - who felt that they were "intimidated" into allowing climbers to use the rock for recreational purposes.

Because of that significance, the park's board voted unanimously Wednesday to ban people from climbing Uluru.

It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.

Over the years Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation, as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open.

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.

Parks Australia says more than 250,000 people visit the park each year.

The decision follows many years of campaigning by traditional land owners who view the natural rock formation as a sacred site.

"We've talked about it for so long and now we're able to close the climb". We welcome tourists here.

The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area. Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration. "We are not stopping tourists, just this activity".

Mr Ross said the board agreed to delay the date of the climb's actual closure for another two years.

The climbing ban will start on October 26, 2019, the 34th anniversary of the day that the UNESCO World Heritage site was handed back to the Anangu people.

More than 30 people have died attempting the climb, which is often closed during periods of high temperatures or weather.

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