Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:14 AM

Tourists flock to sacred Uluru site before climb ban, leave mounds of trash behind

Tourists flock to sacred Uluru site before climb ban, leave mounds of trash behind

Australia’s landmark sandstone, considered a site of “great spiritual significance,” has been turned into something of a trash heap as tourists flock in droves trying to beat the upcoming climbing ban. Tourists who have made their way to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, before it officially shuts climbing down on Oct. 26 came under fire for their treatment of the land, specifically what some described as their dismissal of Indigenous wishes and the trails of trash left behind.

The ban at Uluru, located at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Petermann, comes after repeated requests from the Indigenous Anangu people asking visitors not to climb it — requests that have been largely ignored..

…..Jacob Gaut, 28, of Melbourne, recently visited the national park and was shocked to see a “large number of tourists” ignoring signs asking people not to climb. “Instead of climbing, we chose to take the Base of Uluru walk which is about a 10 km circuit walk, which was a great was to take in the beauty and immensity of the rock,” Gaut wrote ABC News via email, describing a roughly 6.2 mile walk. “We chose to respect the wishes of the traditional owners,” he added.

Gaut said that along the way, he spotted mounds of trash. “We saw a lot of rubbish left around,” he said. “General food rubbish on the sides of the roads leading up to and away from the actual rock.” Other uncouth behavior Gaut detailed in his email included bikers riding up the sides of the rock, tourists taking photos in areas where photography is not permitted, and visitors touching rock paintings.

“Judging by the disrespect witnessed at the Rock, this ban can’t come quick enough,” he added.....

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Anyone who recalls the post-inauguration news photographs from January 20, 2009 and January 20, 2013 can figure out what sorts of people are responsible for this.

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imwithfred Jul 2019 OP
Cold Warrior Jul 2019 #1

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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:10 PM

1. You're stretching, imwithfred

I doubt that those tourists were predominantly of any one political persuasion. Remember the name of our old friend Adam’s site, NEIP (Not Everything Is Political).

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