Australia to ban climbing on Uluru from 2019.Climbing Uluru is set to be a thing of the past after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board decided unanimously to ban the activity, starting in 2019.
How would a ban be enforced?
Under Commonwealth laws, there are steep fines for people who ride or walk in a Commonwealth reserve and go off track
The management board could have all walking tracks on the rock removed, making any climb illegal
In practical terms, a chain currently in place could be removed, which would make climbing Uluru physically difficult
Under NT legislation, sacred sites including Uluru have special protections, and a serious breach of the Sacred Sites Act can lead to penalties of more than $60,000 and two years’ jail
The board, made up of eight traditional owners and three representatives from National Parks, made the decision after consulting with the wider Anangu community, who it said was overwhelmingly in support of banning climbs.
Senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board Sammy Wilson was at Uluru for the announcement and in a written speech said the site had deep cultural significance and was not a “theme park”.