Attention Dickheads, You'll Soon Officially Be Banned From Climbing Uluru

Specialist climbers rescued three men who became stuck atop Uluru after climbing the landmark The Northern Territory 2016

One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, "It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland".

It's been a long time coming, but climbing Uluru will finally be officially banned in 2019. The decision came after new statistics showed that despite years of pleas from Aboriginal people for tourists to respect the site's importance in Aboriginal culture, many were still attempting the perilous climb to the top.

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - that's about in the middle of the country.

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In a statement from the park board, Wilson said the decision was something to "feel proud about".

Around 300,000 people visit each year, with Australians and then Japanese most likely to climb. However, the park's board has been unable to vote on a formal ban until now due to an agreement that required the number of visitors making the climb to drop below 20 percent before a ban was considered.

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 rock formation were handed back to the traditional owners.

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"Some people in tourism and government for example might have been saying we need to keep it open but it's not their law that lies in this land", he said.

According to Parks Australia, the climb is the traditional route taken by Mala on their arrival at Uluru, and the path is of great significant to Anangu.

(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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