Alice Springs, Aus­tralia

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No climb­ing: Visi­tors are to be banned from climb­ing Uluru, the mas­sive sand­stone mono­lith in cen­tral Aus­tralia also known as Ay­ers Rock. The ban, due to come into ef­fect in Oc­to­ber 2019, has been im­posed by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park board, which is made up of eight Abo­rig­i­nal own­ers of the site and four del­e­gates from the na­tional parks agency. Uluru is con­sid­ered sa­cred by Anangu, the indige­nous peo­ple of cen­tral Aus­tralia. “It is an ex­tremely im­por­tant place, not a play­ground or theme park,” said Sammy Wil­son, an Anangu spokesman.

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