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Episode 80: Outrage Over Tourists Climbing Uluru

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Photos showing the path up Uluru clogged with climbers has prompted sharp criticism from people across the country.

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Italian

 

Ad un'altezza di più di 348 metri, Uluru è più alto della torre Eiffel e dello Shard di Londra.
Il monolite di arenaria è un sito nella lista dei patrimoni dell'umanità dell'Unesco e attrae turisti da tutto il mondo da decenni.

L'aumento dei turisti che arrivano ad Uluru per scalarlo prima che il divieto assoluto di farlo entri in vigore il 26 di ottobre ha ora scatenato l'indignazione da parte di tutta la nazione.

Il manager dell'Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Mike Misso, ha dichiarato che era da più di dieci anni che non era così affollato.


"The number of visitors is very high. In fact, this is one of the busiest periods on record in 10-15 years. We haven't done actual counts of people climbing the rock, but we know it's certainly in the hundreds -- probably nearer 1000s [each day]."


Uluru è considerato sacro dai proprietari tradizionali aborigeni della terra, la popolazione Anangu.

Essi affermano che la roccia viene danneggiata dai visitatori che salgono e scendono, erodendo la sua superficie, gettando rifiuti e inquinando le sorgenti acquifere vicine.

L'aumento dei visitatori, che ha coinciso con le vacanze scolastiche, è stato immortalato in una foto pubblicata dal giornale The Australian.

Il titolo del giornale, che descrive i turisti che sfidano la volontà dei proprietari tradizionali come "pellegrini", ha anch’esso attirato critiche.

Thomas Mayor è un uomo Zenadth Kes che vive nei territori dei Larrakia a Darwin.

Mayor ha trascorso 18 mesi viaggiando attraverso l'Australia con l'Uluru Statement from the Heart per guadagnare il sostegno per una voce della First Nations in parlamento.

Ha raccontato alla ABC di essere rimasto deluso da chi si è affrettato a scalare il sito sacro.


"It really disgusts me, not only as an Indigenous person, but as an Australian. The sense of decency -- where is it? The traditional owners have respectfully asked people to not climb it. Yet, there's this mad rush to disrespect these really generous people."


Il 26 ottobre segna il 34esimo anniversario della consegna dei titoli di proprietà di Uluru alla popolazione Anangu.

Il territorio è stato affittato poi per 99 anni come parco nazionale.

Tutti coloro che ignoreranno il divieto di scalata verranno colpiti da multe di circa 630 dollari e potranno essere incriminati.

Stephen Schwer è il presidente di Tourism Central Australia.

Schwer ha dichiarato che diverse persone che si sono affrettate a scalare Uluru hanno equivocato, pensando che l'intero parco - e non solo la scalata - sarebbe stato chiuso il 26 ottobre.

Ha aggiunto poi che ci sono parecchi altri modi per godersi Uluru senza scalarlo.


"If people are wanting to get involved in this mad rush to climb the rock, I would ask them to be circumspect and reconsider their motivations and maybe come next year and do a walk around the rock or scenic flight over the rock. You don't have to climb it to experience it."

 

English

 

Standing at over 348 metres high, Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower and London's Shard.

The sandstone monolith is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and has drawn tourists from all over the world for decades.

Now, a surge in tourists to Uluru wanting to climb the rock before a ban kicks in on the 26th of October has prompted outrage from people across the country.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park manager, Mike Misso, said it's the busiest they've been in more than a decade.

 

"The number of visitors is very high. In fact, this is one of the busiest periods on record in 10-15 years. We haven't done actual counts of people climbing the rock, but we know it's certainly in the hundreds -- probably nearer 1000s [each day]."

 

Uluru is considered sacred by the land's traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu people.

They say the rock is being trashed by visitors climbing up and down it, eroding its surface, dropping rubbish and polluting nearby waterholes.

The surge in visitors, coinciding with the school holidays, was captured in a photo published in The Australian newspaper.

The paper's headline, describing the tourists defying the wishes of the traditional owners as "pilgrims", also drew criticism.

Thomas Mayor is a Zenadth Kes man who lives on Larrakia land in Darwin.

Mr Mayor spent 18 months travelling Australia with the Uluru Statement from the Heart to garner support for a First Nations voice to parliament.

He's told the A-B-C he's disappointed by those rushing to climb the sacred site.

 

"It really disgusts me, not only as an Indigenous person, but as an Australian. The sense of decency -- where is it? The traditional owners have respectfully asked people to not climb it. Yet, there's this mad rush to disrespect these really generous people."

 

The 26th of October marks the 34th anniversary of the handover of the Uluru title deeds to Anangu people.

The land was leased back for 99 years as a National Park.

Anyone who ignores the climbing ban will face fines of around $630 and possible prosecution.

Stephen Schwer is the C-E-O of Tourism Central Australia.

Mr Schwer says some people rushing to climb Uluru have been misinformed, thinking the entire park will be closed on the 26th of October, not just the climb.

He says there are plenty of other ways to experience Uluru without climbing it.

 

"If people are wanting to get involved in this mad rush to climb the rock, I would ask them to be circumspect and reconsider their motivations and maybe come next year and do a walk around the rock or scenic flight over the rock. You don't have to climb it to experience it."

 

Report by Evan Young, Rosemary Bolger and Nick Baker 

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