Advertisement
Global  

“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

Planning to climb Uluru? You really shouldn't - and soon enough, you won't be able to

One News Page Staff Friday, 3 November 2017
Planning to climb Uluru? You really shouldn't - and soon enough, you won't be able toby

Australia is home to some of the world’s most iconic and most breath-taking monuments and sites of natural beauty – and Uluru, formerly known as Ayers’ Rock, is just one of them. The colossal sandstone rock is over 400km away from Alice Springs – and it is a proud possession of the Anangu people, who are indigenous to the area. The site was handed back to the rightful owners – Anangu – over thirty years ago, and since then, continued climbing of the rock on behalf of visitors and tourists has been largely frowned upon by the locals.

A board meeting last week, however, has announced that climbing of Uluru will be banned outright , coming into effect in just under two years’ time – falling in line with requests put forward by Anangu who wish to preserve their natural landmark, which is thought to have been essential in the evolution of Australian people millions of years ago. Some refer to Uluru as the epicentre of life on the continent as a whole – and it is therefore revered not only by the indigenous, but by people the world over.

Board chairman Sammy Wilson made the announcement, advising that the move would be undertaken in light of Anangu feeling intimidated by pressure to keep the site open to tourists. In light of the decision made to close Uluru off completely to visiting climbers, Wilson stated, “This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it’s the right thing to close the ‘playground’.” The motion comes after years of peaceful petitioning from Anangu to help protect their sacred land. “It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland,” Wilson continues. “We are not stopping tourism, just this activity.”

Despite the move to close the rock completely to climbers, fewer and fewer people have undertaken the activity in a move which is thought to be out of respect for Anangu wishes. It is thought that just 16.5% of visitors to the site climbed Uluru or attempted to in 2015 alone – a large drop which is thought to be dwindling further if surveying is to be believed. If nothing else, this move is a triumph for the protection of sacred land and habitats everywhere – and one which is worth celebrating if it is to protect the ancient landmark for centuries to come.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

Recent related news

How to wear the Western trend and not look like a cowboy: don’t go wild

I’m so keen to get myself a cowboy shirt I almost ordered from a cowboy outfitter online, but you’ll be proud of me for restraining myself. I’m think­ing...
S.China Morning Post - Lifestyle

Alexa will soon answer you in photos provided by Getty Images

Alexa will soon answer you in photos provided by Getty Images
Soon, if you ask Alexa for the capital of Canada, it will show you a Getty Images stock photo of Ottawa. Getty Images and Amazon are partnering to bring stock...
The Verge - Technology

Save $40 on the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet, or save $100 on two

Keeping your kids calm and distracted, especially on road trips, is not easy. Smart devices have been able to help with that, but do you really want to trust...
Mashable - Internet

Here's when Apple's new watchOS and tvOS updates will be available

Apple just unveiled its latest lineup of iPhones and Apple Watches and, even if you don't plan on upgrading, you'll soon be able to update your existing...
Mashable - InternetAlso reported by •engadget

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in World

RUSSIAN military aircraft accidentally shot down by Syrian forces, Moscow blames Israel for aggressionRussian minister blames ISRAEL for shooting down military aircraft over Syria
US says Syria 'accidentally' shot down Russian MILITARY plane that vanished over Mediterranean, as Moscow hints at French and Israeli involvementPutin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off SYRIAN coast

Recent related videos

With Datorama Acquisition, Integration Rolls On At Salesforce [Video]With Datorama Acquisition, Integration Rolls On At Salesforce

COLOGNE – At Salesforce, the acquisitions keep on coming, most recently that of AI-powered marketing intelligence and analytics platform Datorama. The company’s ongoing mantra is “integration”..

BeetTV - Affiliate -   04:32

Mother Raccoon Leads Her Five Babies Across Rooftop [Video]Mother Raccoon Leads Her Five Babies Across Rooftop

Although we would like to believe so, there is no real boundary from where the wilderness ends and our concrete jungle begins. The ecosystems don’t work that way. The constant expansion of our..

Rumble Studio -   00:15

Salon Talks: Lisa Ling [Video]Salon Talks: Lisa Ling

How does the journalist find empathy and understanding with groups whose beliefs she doesn’t support? "We explore things and we spend time with people that you've probably spent a large portion of..

Salon-Editorial -   19:32

The Talk - 'L.A. Law' Cast Reunite: Harry Hamlin Reveals Gift Given To Cast for Emmy Win [Video]The Talk - 'L.A. Law' Cast Reunite: Harry Hamlin Reveals Gift Given To Cast for Emmy Win

The cast of "L.A. Law" reunites on "The Talk" for the first time in nearly 25 years. Actor Harry Hamlin discusses the show earning four Emmy Awards for Best Drama, and shares what the cast was gifted..

CBS -   00:55

•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest