Uluru climb closure 2019: Why these Australians flocked to climb the rock
Despite objections from Aboriginal traditional owners, thousands of Australians have flocked to Uluru to climb the rock before it officially closes this week. We travelled to Uluru to ask a few of them why they decided to make the journey.His mother's great-uncle climbed the rock in 1933 and he said that was why he wanted to make the trek.
Uluru (/ˌuːləˈruː/, Pitjantjatjara: Uluṟu /ˈʊ.lʊ.ɻʊ/), also known as Ayers Rock (/ˌɛərz -/, like airs) and officially gazetted as Uluru / Ayers Rock
"Allowing the Uluru climb will help visitors better understand the unique Indigenous cultures of Central Australia," he said. "Of course, I am fully aware that the Sydney Harbour Bridge does not have the spiritual significance of Uluru . But allowing the Uluru climb will help visitors better understand the
Australian musician Shane Howard will perform his 1982 hit Solid Rock at a ceremony marking the end of climbing on Uluru.
Howard, who was a member of the folk rock group Goanna, said that his close friend and Pitjantjatjara Anangu singer Trevor Adamson asked him earlier this year to co-write a song about the closure of the climb.
Uluru is a sacred site and of great spiritual significance to the Anangu traditional owners, and related to its creation myths, cultural beliefs and laws known as Tjukurpa.
The 348-metre high Uluru was permanently closed to climbers at 4pm on Friday.
Hundreds climbed Uluru that day, with the last eight men descending at 7pm after being ordered off by rangers after "competing" to be the final climber.
Uluru open to climbers for final day
A mild 33-degree forecast for Friday means Uluru is likely to be open to climbers potentially meaning huge numbers on its final day before a permanent ban.After the last climber shuffles down Uluru's steep descent on Friday, workers will waste no time trying to ensure he or she is the final person to do so.
Uluru traditional owner Sammy Wilson on his country at Patji on the evening that the Uluru climb closed. It is 34 years since the traditional owners were handed the title deeds to Uluru , in a ceremony that marked the end of a protracted land rights battle with the Commonwealth and Northern Territory
Climbing Uluru Ayers Rock. The local Anangu request that visitors not climb the rock, partly due to the path crossing an important dreaming track, and also a sense of responsibility for the safety of visitors to their land. Stay on the marked tracks at all times. Always walk or climb with another person.
Howard was famously inspired to write the song that peaked at number three on the charts during a camping trip at Uluru in 1981.
Sunday's concert is being held near the Mutitjulu community who are Uluru's traditional owners, but non-indigenous people are being invited to celebrate with the Anangu community in posters advertising the event to tourists.
That welcoming message by the Anangu and the new song written with Howard: Palya Wiru, Uluru (Really Special, Uluru) formed an important message after the climb's closure, said Mr Adamson, who translated Solid Rock into Pitjantjatjara.
"We want people worldwide to hear that it is not about a time of closure for visitors but starting to open for them and to be a part of it and sharing in our culture," he said.
"It is really important when people come into different countries they have got to have respect, be able to learn, be able to come in with respect and honour to be with those people, come in through the door and be part of it."
Indigenous bands to perform include the Mala Bandfrom the Amata community, who Mr Howard met at the rock.
Men and women will demonstrate traditional dancing and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir will perform.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley and NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner will speak, with indigenous Labor MPs Pat Dodson, Malarndirri McCarthy and Linda Burney expected to attend.
Uluru's owners mark moment with rock stars .
Anangu people have celebrated with non-indigenous people and rock stars to mark the end of the Uluru climb even if it's an uphill battle to improve their lot. Now that climbing on Uluru is closed, honouring the wishes of its traditional owners, it is time for indigenous people to have a voice to parliament, Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett says. Anangu people partied alongside non-indigenous people at a celebration on Sunday at which rock stars such as Garrett, Goanna frontman Shane Howard, and local indigenous bands and artists performed.