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Australia Bans Climbers From Its Iconic Rock Uluru

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Local authorities in Australia have banned tourists from climbing on its giant iconic rock called Uluru. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland)..

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Transcript: Australia Bans Climbers From Its Iconic Rock Uluru

Local authorities in Australia have banned tourists from climbing on its giant iconic rock called Uluru.

Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- is a very important place to the Anangu people, the traditional landowners of the massive rock.

But it is also a huge tourist spot, with many deciding to climb Uluru despite the Anangu strongly discouraging it out of respect for the land.

And with only 16% of tourists making the climb between 2011 and 2015, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board unanimously voted to ban the controversial practice.

More than 30 people have died since the 1950’s from climbing Uluru.

Sammy Wilson, Chairman of the board said “It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.”




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