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Tourists overload Australia's rock Uluru before climb ban
Posted on 16/07/2019


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Following the announcement of the climb ban of Uluru which will come into effect next October, flocks of tourists have been travelling to the famous Australian desert rock against the owner's wishes to get in before the ban.

A culturally significant and sacred place for the Anangu people

A culturally significant and sacred place for the Anangu people
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Numerous tourists believe that climbing Uluru, previously known as Ayers Rock, is a must-do while visiting Australia. But the traditional owners of the site, the Anangu, an Australian Aboriginal tribe, are protesting against the masses of tourists climbing their sacred rock. In 2017, a unanimous decision from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management was made to close the climb to avoid any potential tourist accidents and preserve the site.

"We Anangu have a responsibility to teach and safeguard visitors to our land. The climb can be dangerous. Too many people have died while attempting to climb Uluru. Many others have been injured while climbing. We feel great sadness when a person dies or is hurt on our land," the traditional owners of the site stated at the announcement of the ban.

This message hasn't seemed to touch the numerous tourists climbing the site, which has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1987. A growing number of social media users shared impressive pictures and videos on Instagram and Twitter showing crowds of tourists going up the rock. "This really is nuts," one social media user commented next to a picture. Others criticized the disrespect travelers have shown towards the Anangu people and their wishes.

Australian authorities noted that some tourists were illegally camping next to the rock, trespassing and dumping garbage on the site. Parks Australia, a federal environment organization in the Australian Department of Environment, declared that Uluru received 70,000 more visitors last year than it had in 2017 when the ban was first announced.

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