Just climbed the rock with NO regrets

by Bob

I just returned from climbing the rock. I at no time felt guilty. If I owned something that was precious but the government took it off me for a long time and then handed it back I would not just five minutes later lease it back for money to the same people that took it off me in the first place.

Why was it that when the Australian Government handed over the 'deeds' to the area formally known as Ayers Rock to the traditional people that only five minutes later the same traditional people signed the same land over to Australian Parks and Wildlife Service for a fee? If it is so sacred then why sign over a 99 year lease back to the same people (government) that just gave it to them knowing that people will climb it?

From what I have read on the handover and the law handing over ownership to the Aborigine people it was agreed by both sides that the rock will be open to be climbed for a set period of time. That time has not come yet. So if the Aborigine people agreed with the law when being given back the land then why have they now changed their minds?

I noted that there was no issues when the government owned it. It only started when the original people wanted it back and then complained.
There was no one at the rock to complain, just a short note on a large sign.

Now having said that I have also read from numerous sources in the net that the traditional people only receive a small fraction of the entry fees.

As I said I had a great time climbing it. I can however see why they close it for winds or rain. After I got up there the wind picked up and was blowing a gale even though it was calm at the start.

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We are one.
by: phill

Are we really free, and do we really want to be one.
Every thing we touch in this land could be termed sacred for so many different reasons, it depends who and how we all look at life.
It seems to me that it's just another way of control and making money, maybe employment, I hope is the only gain.
Australians should have free access.

I agree with the sentiments of the previous writers
by: Rob t

If you go to the rock climb it! It is one of the most spectacular things to do in Oz. We saw no indigenous people at the rock at all! That's how sacred it is. From 2019 it will be closed. A damn shame.
I agree with the requests to respect the rock with regard to toileting and litter but this asset belongs to the whole nation and free access to climb should remain.

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