Tourists to be banned from climbing Australia's most famous attraction

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It chose to close the rock to climbers from October 26, 2019 - 34 years to the day since it was handed back to its traditional owners, the Anangu people, the Northern Territory News reports.

Visitors will be barred from climbing the Uluru from October 2019 following a decision by its traditional owners.

"It's about protection through combining two systems, the government and Anangu", said board chairman Sammy Wilson.

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

The closure should not come as too much of a surprise; the park's most recent management plan states that the climb will be "permanently closed when the proportion of visitors climbing falls below 20 per cent".

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He also said the Anangu people have felt there is a "gun to our heads" to keep the climb open in past. According to the board, only 16 per cent of visitors to the national park climbed Uluru from 2011 to 2015.

The Central Land Council said the board was to be congratulated for its move and said "nobody will miss the climb".

"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don't enter or climb it, I respect it". We welcome tourists here. "Let's come together; let's close it together", he said. "We are not stopping tourism, just this activity".

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.

It also warns of the dangers of climbing Uluru, including that many have died while scaling the rock.