In line with the agreed process in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020 and the wishes of traditional owners, the climb to the top of Uluru will close on 26 October 2019.
In an historic decision today, the park’s Board of Management, made up of a majority of Aboriginal traditional owners, unanimously decided to close it.
Uluru traditional owner and board chairman Sammy Wilson said simply that it was time.
“We’ve talked about it for so long and now we’re able to close the climb. It’s about protection through combining two systems, the government and Anangu,” Mr Wilson said. "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. The land has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration. Let’s come together; let’s close it together. 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. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity."