Climbing Uluru Will Be Banned From October 2019

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

Signs at the start of the climb ask people to abstain from going up in respect to the traditional law of the Anangu Aboriginal people, the custodians of the land.

Plans to permanently close the climb have been in place since 2010, when the management board announced the Uluru climb would be closed once the proportion of visitors doing so fell below 20 percent.

Climbing on Australia's iconic Uluru landmark will be banned from October 2019, authorities said on Wednesday.

Uluru now has around 300,000 visitors each year.

"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".

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Anangu owners make up a majority of the park's board and would have been able to institute a policy change without the backing of the non-Anangu board members. According to Parks Australia, the climb is the traditional route taken by Mala on their arrival at Uluru, and the path is of great significant to Anangu.

The latest statistics showed just 16 per cent of tourists climb Uluru, paving the way for the closure.

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

At least 37 people have died attempting to climb the rock since records of fatalities began in the 1950s.

The Anangu have long requested that Uluru not be climbed, as they believe it's a deeply sacred men's site - and that they have a cultural responsibility for the number of climber deaths and injuries.

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