Australia to ban climbing on Uluru from 2019

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

One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, 'It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland'.

Uluru's traditional owners and National Parks representatives voted to end the practice on Wednesday.

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

Now the park management says there has been "a significant reduction" in climbers, and that the time has come to make the policy change.

Wilson, who runs an indigenous-owned tour operator, said visitors shouldn't feel that there will be nothing to do after Uluru is closed to climbers.

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.

Mr Ross said the board agreed to delay the date of the climb's actual closure for another two years. "We are not stopping tourism, just this activity". The decision came after new statistics showed that despite years of pleas from Aboriginal people for tourists to respect the site's importance in Aboriginal culture, many were still attempting the perilous climb to the top.

"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".

The board can also close the climb if it believes people will continue to visit the sacred site without being able to climb. The walking tracks on the rock could be removed, and steep fines levied for people who step on Uluru.

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