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Australia'Why are they climbing?' Anangu woman's sorrow over Uluru tourists

14:41  05 august  2019
14:41  05 august  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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"Rather than close the climb , Anangu would prefer if visitors choose to respect their law and culture by not climbing It isn't a walk in the park across Uluru , the climb is strenuous and not for the light-hearted tourist . The bridge also doesn't erode significantly when tourists stamp their feet all over it.

The Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park’ s Anangu Traditional Owners have requested visitors not to climb Uluru since they were Anangu Traditional Owners feel a great sense of sorrow and responsibility when someone is injured or dies in the park, and Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru .

Video provided by A Current Affair

While on assignment to cover the hordes of crowds racing to climb Uluru before it closes, A Current Affair's Martin King met Natalie Ray, a young Aboriginal woman who's part of the Anangu people – the traditional owners of Uluru and surrounding areas.

Natalie opened up about the sadness she feels every time she watches someone climb to the top of Uluru.

"Even when I stand for a little while, I feel sad. Why are they climbing? Why [are] they going into sacred areas?" she said.

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Uluru , Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park, to be closed to climbers it has been decided. Not only do climbers interrupt long-serving Anangu culture by gate-crashing sacred areas, but they are Tourists climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Whilst Uluru is technically a tourist

Why that thing from here is over here?’ Wangkara wangkara wangkara wangkara wangkara wangkara, some pass away-aringu palu purunypa people Years ago, Anangu went to work on the stations. They were working for station managers who wanted to mark the boundaries of their properties at a

'Why are they climbing?' Anangu woman's sorrow over Uluru tourists © A Current Affair Climbing Uluru will officially be banned from October.

Natalie was born at Alice Springs Hospital and was brought to Uluru by her grandparents when she was little.

They would tell her stories about the sacred sites within the rock and tell her she could go in the waterhole but not any of the other places.

"Swim there, but don't go near the sacred sites," she remembers.

'Why are they climbing?' Anangu woman's sorrow over Uluru tourists © A Current Affair Anangu woman Natalie Ray said people climbing Uluru made her sad.

Natalie wants to send a message to tourists, saying she thinks people are misunderstanding where the history of Uluru is truly found.

"The story is in the ground, not on the top," she says as she points to the base.

Mike Misso, manager of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, echoes Natalie's sentiments by defending the decision to close the climb.

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Over time, increasingly large signs at the entrance have asked politely in multiple languages that tourists abstain from the climb , citing concerns The Anangu people also feel deeply responsible for the frequent injuries and deaths that occur there. Gradually, the numbers of tourists choosing to

“ Over the years Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation, as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open. Why are people still climbing Uluru ? “Whitefellas see the land in economic terms We are not stopping tourism , just this activity.” Climbing of the central Australian rock began in the

'Why are they climbing?' Anangu woman's sorrow over Uluru tourists © A Current Affair Tourists are flocking to the site ahead of the climbs closing.

"To traditional owners of Uluru, Uluru is a sacred site, so under traditional law, climbing Uluru is not appropriate," he said.

Climbing the rock will officially be banned from October 26.

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