Garrett to allow Uluru climbs
LINDSAY MURDOCH Sydney Morning Herald
January 9, 2010
“DARWIN: Tourists will be able to climb the World Heritage-listed Uluru for at least 18 months after the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, backed away from a move to ban it.
Mr Garrett, who as a rock singer for the band Midnight Oil sang about land rights at the base of rock 20 years ago, supported the view of Aboriginal traditional owners who regard it as a sacred site and wanted climbing banned.
There were also concerns that some of the 100,000 tourists who climb the rock each year were defecating on it.
But under a new 10-year management plan announced by Mr Garrett yesterday, the 348-metre rock will remain open to climbers until its popularity dwindles or new visitor experiences are developed.
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, were among the people who said the rock should be kept open to climbers.”