Wednesday 23rd of September 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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A prominent cave painting at the base of Uluru has been vandalised with vegetable oil, according to the national park's visitor and tourism manager.

Key points:
  • The park's tourism manager said up to a third of the cave was covered in vegetable oil, partially obscuring the paintings
  • A traditional owner said the rock art in the cave was very significant and important
  • A police report has been made and the national park body is consulting with contractors to repair the damage


The rock art depicts traditional Aboriginal creation stories and the cave is a popular stop for tour groups undertaking the Uluru base walk.

It is on the opposite side of the rock to the former entrance to climb the rock, which closed in October last year.

The cave's basin is often filled with water when there has been rain and there is a viewing platform above this basin for tourists. 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Visitor and Tourism Manager Steven Baldwin said up to a third of the cave was covered with vegetable oil, with the paintings still visible but obscured.

Mr Baldwin said he was "absolutely aghast" when he first heard about the damage to the paintings, which he estimated were tens of thousands of years old.


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Cartoonists had nothing to do with this disrespect...