Tourists In Australia Are Pleaded Against Climbing Sacred Indigenous Site
By Yimin Huang, 12 Jul 2019
Aborigines in Australia have long been asking tourists not to climb Uluru, a sacred red sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory, but tourists are still going up the structure in throngs, similar to the sight on Mount Everest.
In 2017, the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park voted to prohibit climbs on the rock, as its spiritual meaning is held dear by the Indigenous community.
A full ban will be activated in October, but tourists are making use of the leftover time they have to go up the site, even camping illegally nearby. Some have also dumped their trash in the area.
Since the announcement, Uluru—formerly known as Ayers Rock—has seen tourist numbers climb steeply. In fact, Glenn Minett, who took pictures of the crowds, told the BBC that the campground was “bursting at the seams,” and that some travelers were even camping in truck stops. Its drains were also clogged as there were limited toilets in the region.
Stephen Schwer, chief executive of Tourism Central Australia, criticized to ABC News that tourists were creating more waste around the monument and “trespassing on… protected land.”
Online users have also been rebuking irresponsible travelers, asking why they refused to respect the wishes of the Indigenous population.
While recent statistics are not out, Parks Australia found that the park had 70,000 more visitors in 2018 than in the previous year, when the ban was first announced. The crowds have turned out to be more unstoppable than before.
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