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Traditional owners ban Uluru climb

Traditional owners ban Uluru climb

CLIMBING the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining visitors to the Australian landmark increasingly recognise its sacredness to indigenous people.

The ban will take effect on October 26, 2019.

A park board made up of a majority of the traditional owners of the land where the rock stands made the decision Wednesday.

There are already signs at the foot of the rock asking people not to climb on it to respect the traditional law of the Anangu Aboriginal people, but these are often ignored.

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Board chairman and Uluru traditional owner Sammy Wilson said in a statement that it was time to close the climb.

"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".

Figures show only 16 per cent of visitors made the climb during its open times between 2011 and 2015.

Uluru has around 300,000 visitors each year with Australian tourists the most likely to climb the rock followed by the Japanese, according to the park's figures.

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"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site or an area of restricted access, I don't enter or climb it, I respect it".

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.

And the date of October 26 was chosen because it's an anniversary; on October 26 in 1985, custodianship of the park was transferred back to its Aboriginal owners, the Anangu.

The iconic sandstone monolith, also known as Ayers Rock, will be placed off limits to climbers in 2018.

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