Climbers are to be banished from the world's second largest rock, Australia's 2,800ft Uluru, after its Aboriginal owners decided the sanctity of the 600-million-year-old edifice outweighed its lure for tourists.
Since the 1930s, the spectacular monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has been climbable for tourists, despite staunch opposition from the land's traditional owners.
"There are so many other smaller places that still have cultural significance that we can share publicly", Wilson said.
Mr Ross said the board agreed to delay the date of the climb's actual closure for another two years.
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One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, 'It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland'.
"Over the years, Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open".
Australia's world-famous Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers from 2019.
"Please don't hold us to ransom".
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"This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it's the right thing to close it".
Some 60,000 people a year ignored this plea and climbed anyway, but the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has now voted unanimously to put a stop to the controversial practice.
The plan includes a provision to stop visitors scaling the rock if the proportion who chose to make the trek fell below 20 per cent. According to the board, only 16 per cent of visitors to the national park climbed Uluru from 2011 to 2015.
Tourism Central Australia said it supported the decision, pointing out that the public could still access much of the site.
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It's been a long time coming, but climbing Uluru will finally be officially banned in 2019.