Saturday 22nd of February 2020

uluru... uluru...


In a book published, 1981, the author first advocated the change of the name Ayers Rock to Uluru and second taking the Aboriginal request of not climbing Uluru, very seriously, inviting tourists to see Uluru from the plain and respect the Aboriginal wishes...




As a senior custodian of Uluru, Anangu man Sammy Wilson was instrumental in the fight to close the Uluru climb.

Key points:
  • Sammy Wilson says when the climb closed he felt both happiness and grief
  • He hopes the climb closure will open up new opportunities for visitors
  • Managers of the park are preparing to remove the chain once used for the climb


He was the chair of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board when in 2017 its members unanimously decided to close the walking track.

After the "permanent closure" sign went up at the base of the climb on Friday, Mr Wilson was at his remote outstation 50 kilometres from Uluru and said he felt a combination of both happiness and grief.

"Obviously, we are all really happy, and it is great to see so many visitors come from Australia and internationally to appreciate the place," he said.

"But I must say, there is a sadness inside me too. Because the closure is really honouring the old people and so many of them have passed away now.

"Those memories of those great men and women, Anangu from the old days, there is a sadness when I think about them but we are all really happy with what we've managed to achieve."

'So much Tjukurpa, traditional lore and stories'


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