I will be climbing Ayers Rock

by Bob

I think your writings on Ayers Rock are very one sided. I have spoken to numerous people that have climbed the rock and it is only when the government gave the area to the original owners did they ask not to climb it.

I understand that the money does go to the upkeep but the amount of money that you have to pay is high compared to the upkeep. After all what upkeep is a rock and a walking track compared to the price you have to pay to get into the park?

I feel that your writings in relation to other religious temples is completely wrong to compare it to Ayers Rock. Why did the original owners not complain before they were given the park? I will be climbing it when I get there. I also will not feel guilty.

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Well done Bob
by: Berroff

The rock is a national park and not a temple or a memorial of superstition, backwardness and stupidity. It belongs to all of us (i.e. tax payers who pay park’s budget) and everyone shall have the basic freedom to choose what to do or where to go/climb. Probably the only reason why climbing is not encouraged is the visibility... Once you’re at the top you can see (...need good binoculars) the nearby aboriginal settlement (you’re definitely not allowed to visit) which is very different from what you’ll hear or see at the ridiculous “cultural centre”. Although this is one of the neatest settlements the looks may contravene some myths about our contemporary indigenous culture. If you have no binoculars you could try the DVD alternative - “Samson and Delilah”... Awesome movie, probably the most honest Aussie film I’ve seen so far.

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