Climbing barred on Australia's famed Uluru rock to 'right historic wrong'

A decision on a climbing ban was made today at Uluru and has been a long time coming for some

Now climbing is not banned, but the traditional owners of the land, Anangu, would prefer people not to climb Uluru.

Climbing the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining as visitors to the Australian scenic landmark increasingly recognize its sacredness to indigenous people.

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - that's about in the middle of the country.

The park's Board of Management voted unanimously to approve the change, which has been the subject of lengthy discussion.

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

Uluru's land title was handed back to its traditional owners in 1985, but was immediately leased to the Australian federal government to be jointly managed as a national park for 99 years.

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

In a statement from the park board, Wilson said the decision was something to "feel proud about".

He added: "Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration. Let's come together; let's close it together", he said.

The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area. We welcome tourists here.

A sign at the base of Uluru urges visitors to reconsider climbing the sacred site, explaining it is not permitted under traditional law.

The site is often closed to climbers after the death of important indigenous figures as a mark of respect.

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



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