"Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration".
"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don't enter or climb it, I respect it". "Let's come together; let's close it together", he said.
The date chosen for the closure is 34 years to the day since Uluru was handed back to its traditional owners, the Anangu people.
"The path left by rubber from the soles of climbers' shoes is visible from kilometres away and some tourists leave litter and damage the rock".
More than 30 people have died attempting the climb, which is often closed during periods of high temperatures or weather. The Central Land Council (CLC), who represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia, welcomed the move.
The Anangu have long requested that Uluru not be climbed, as they believe it's a deeply sacred men's site - and that they have a cultural responsibility for the number of climber deaths and injuries.
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