Australia will Ban Climbing of the Uluru Sandstone Rock Formation
Climbing the Uluru rock formation, a popular tourist attraction in Australia, will be banned in 2019 because of its spiritual significance for a local Aboriginal community, DPA reported.
The ban will come into force on 29 October 2019. On that date in 1985 the land and the rock were returned to their traditional owners.
The rock formation at Uluru-Kata Tutta National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is believed that the monolith with a characteristic red color is about 500,000 years old.
The management of the park, consisting mainly of representatives of Anangu - members of several tribes, who are traditional Aboriginal owners of Uluru, has unanimously taken a "historic decision" to ban climbing.
The Anangu people have been living in the area for at least 30,000 years, the rock formation has been considered to be sacred and culturally significant and they long opposed its climb.
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