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SHOULD climb­ing Ay­ers Rock be banned?

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park board thinks so and has voted unan­i­mously to ban the ac­tiv­ity from 2019.

But what do you think? Fraser

Coast Chron­i­cle read­ers took to Face­book to have their say.

Re­bekka Smith said friends who have vis­ited the fa­mous at­trac­tion have told her sto­ries of how lo­cals throw rub­bish on the rock.

“So why should peo­ple be stopped when they have more re­spect?” Re­bekka said.

Pam Coles re­cently vis­ited Uluru, and was in­formed by a ranger that climb­ing the rock was a health and safety is­sue.

“If some­one has an ac­ci­dent or heart at­tack up there, the rangers are not al­lowed to go up and help,” Pam said.

“A he­li­copter has to come in from Alice Springs get the peo­ple down, they may even have to stay up there overnight.”

Josh Bau­mann crit­i­cised the Chron­i­cle for re­vis­it­ing the is­sue. “Try­ing to drive that wedge even fur­ther be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and other Aus­tralians or what?” Josh said.

Donna Lay­cock shared a tragic story from her time vis­it­ing Uluru.

“I still re­mem­ber a school ex­cur­sion that went ter­ri­bly wrong with two boys mis­be­hav­ing play­ing leapfrog, and went over the side,” Donna said.

“The plaques up there tell a very sad story of how many lives have been lost.”

Gus Warde thinks ban­ning climb­ing will mean fewer tourists in the area.

“There are al­ready many tourist buses that pull up for a photo and a glass of wine and leave,” Gus said. “Re­strict­ing ac­cess to the rock will prob­a­bly in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple that don’t bother to do any more than stop for a photo.”

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