Climbing Uluru will be banned from 2019

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Climbing Uluru will be banned from 2019

Now climbing is not banned, but the traditional owners of the land, Anangu, would prefer people not to climb Uluru.

Climbing on Australia's iconic Uluru landmark will be banned from October 2019, authorities said on Wednesday.

Wilson, who is the park's board chairman, said visitors still would be welcomed.

A board of eight traditional owners and four government officials voted unanimously to close the rock to climbers.

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.

"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".

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

He added: "Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration". We welcome tourists here.

"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".

"This decision has been a very long time coming and our thoughts are with the elders who have longed for this day but are no longer with us to celebrate it", Mr Ross said.

Signs at the base of Uluru urge tourists not to climb because of the rock's sacredness in Anangu culture.

Australia's world-famous Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers from 2019.

(She said it was "a tribute to the greatness of the Rock", not an act of disrespect.) There have also been reports of people defecating on the sacred site.

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