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Man climbs sacred landmark, gets slapped with fine

Uluru bans climbing, but Simon Day was fine

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was fined $2,500 (Rs 1.9 lakh).

Located in the geographic center of Australia is a large sandstone formation known as the sacred rock or Ayers rock. This iconic Australian landmark has been drawing visitors since the 1930s. Unfortunately, a 2019 ban on climbing the landmark rock has made it off-limits to visitors.

This climber, identified in the media as Simon Day, reportedly received a hefty fine after being caught walking or riding the landmark.

This 44-year-old man is the first to be found guilty of illegally scaling the iconic structure after the complete ban was instituted.

“The Anangu people place a high spiritual value on Uluru, and it is an integral part of their religious practice, Tjukurpa (customary law). Culturally, traditional owners have a duty to protect Uluru and the surrounding park “When asked by ABC News about the incident, the director of National Parks explained what had happened.

The indigenous Aangu of the Pitjantjatjara region had long advocated for the creation of safeguarding legislation to prevent disrespectful tourists from damaging their sacred site. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Board of Management acknowledged the significance of the rock to the local Aboriginal community in October 2019.

It has a circumference of 9.4 km and a height of 348 m (1,142 ft), with 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level and most of its mass located underground.

The A’angu people place immense cultural value on both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta formation.