If you ever plan on climbing the famed Uluru National Park, then your plans might be put on hold depending on the decision of the management supervising the Uluru-Kata Tjuta park. The fate of the tourist attraction rests in the balance of this week’s meeting, as management decides to whether or not close the rock to climbers permanently.
According to ABC Australia, this decision may be due to the fact that the number of visitors that showed interest to climbing the rock, also known by its previous name Ayers Rock, has waned through the years. If the decision pulls through, then this means the rock will be permanently banned from climbing when visitor proportion falls just below 20-percent.
The meeting, which was called on November 1, 2017, is expected to conclude on the same day. Afterwards, management board chairman Sammy Wilson will reveal their decision to the media.
ABC Australia said regardless of the decision, this will not affect operations until mid-2018. This means tourists who plan to climb Uluru can still do so.
Uluru Climbing Ban, Tourist Attractiveness
The board has actually been pondering on the decision for the past seven years. There has already been a significant decrease in the amount of visitors who wanted to climb the rock in 2010. It decreased from 74-percent in the 1990s to 38-percent in 2010.
The traditional owners of the rock have actually requested their visitors not to climb the rock in the past. In fact, there’s a sign on the bottom of the sacred site.
Unfortunately, this changed in 2015 when a protester violated protocol and, without asking for permission, cut the chain that helped climbers make their way up to the sacred site. He said he had a “connection” to the site.
Aboriginal people located in Central Australia has praised the act. However, the decision was made for the chain to be repaired.
In 2015, around 16.2-percent of visitors in the park had made the ascent in the rock. It was eventually revealed that the park was closed around 77.3-percent of the time because of hazardous conditions and cultural traditions.