Uluru climbing ban 'very likely'


Climbing on Australia's iconic Uluru landmark, previously known as Ayers Rock, is to be banned from October 2019.

The director of the Central Land Council, David Ross, described the vote as "righting a historic wrong" and said the rock is "not a theme park like Disneyland".

Tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru within two years.

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

Board chairman and Anangu man Sammy Wilson told the meeting traditional owners feel they have been intimidated into keeping the climb open until now.

M - Uluru will be closed to climbers after the board of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park voted to close the climb to the summit of the rock, Sidney Morning Herald said.

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Figures from Parks Australia indicated only 16 per cent of visitors to the park made the climb between 2011 and 2015, down from about 74 per cent in the 1990s. "We are not stopping tourism, just this activity", he said. "This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu to feel proud about".

Australian tourists are most likely to climb the rock followed by the Japanese, according to the park's figures.

The traditional landowners, the Anangu, have always refused to climb Uluru and consider it sacred.

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.

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