Climbing the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining as visitors to the Australian scenic landmark increasingly recognize its sacredness to indigenous people.
One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, "It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland".
From 26 October 2019, tourists will no longer be able to climb to the top of Uluru..
Climbing the rock is permitted under the rules of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but it violated the traditional law of the Aboriginal owners of the rock.
He also said the Anangu people have felt there is a "gun to our heads" to keep the climb open in past.
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"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 it".
People have long asked visitors not to climb the outcrop, which was known for many years as Ayers Rock.
The rock's board said in a report in 2010 that they would close the attraction to climbers if the proportion of visitors who tried to climb the rock dropped below 20 percent.
The last day of climbing will be October 26, 2019, chosen because it is the anniversary of the date in 1985 when the land and the formation once called Ayers Rock were handed back to the traditional owners.
The entirety of Uluru is a sacred area and the site where the climb begins is also a sacred men's area.
In addition to being incredibly disrespectful, climbing Uluru is often risky, and has led to a number of deaths over the years.
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