Aboriginal elderly people want to prevent tourists from climbing one of Australia's most beautiful mountains when the Uluru ban comes into effect.
The Jinibara population in the region have been fighting the government of Queensland for decades to close Mount Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains of Queensland.
& # 39; It's a holy place, & # 39; Jinibara Elder Ken Murphy said Sunshine Coast Daily.
& # 39; There were the places of birth. & # 39;
The natural monument is the highest peak in the Glass House Mountains region, because it is more than 550 meters high.
The Jinibara population in the region has been fighting the government of Queensland for two decades to close Mount Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains of Queensland
Aboriginal elderly people want to prevent tourists from climbing one of Australia's most beautiful mountains after the historic ban on Uluru
The site is a popular place for climbers, but was reopened in 2016 after a temporary closure to deal with unstable rocks.
Murphy claims that the forbidden site should have remained because it is considered a site of cultural interest.
& # 39; It's the mother mountain. It is a holy place. It's where the birthplaces were, that's the most important thing, not for people to climb and record videos, "said Mr. Murphy.
Murphy saw Uluru as a step in the right direction after the monument was closed to the public for good on Saturday.
It was decided that climbing the 348m high rock would be prohibited after traditional owners had put pressure on tourists for decades not to climb the monolith.
Massive crowds flocked to the iconic rock in the declining days the site remained open to the public.
Just as traditional owners argued for the rock to be closed due to damage, Mr. Murphy said that climbers tarnish the natural beauty of Mount Beerwah.
& # 39; You see the climbers with their lightweight material in her drills and scarring the mountain. & # 39;
Mount Beerwah is a popular place for climbers, but was reopened in 2016 after a temporary closure to deal with unstable rocks
Just as traditional owners argued for the closure of the rock due to damage, Mr. Murphy said that climbers harm the natural beauty of Mount Beerwah
WHY DO ABORIGINAL PARENTS ASK FOR A PROHIBITION ON ULIMU CLIMBING?
In November 2017, it was announced that climbing Uluru, considered a holy place by the local Anangu people, would be prohibited from October 26, 2019.
The management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, consisting of a majority of traditional Aboriginal owners, decided unanimously to close the climb.
Traditional owner and chairman Sammy Wilson said on behalf of the Anangu people that it was time to do this.
& # 39; We've talked about it for so long and now we can finish the climb, & # 39; said Wilson. & # 39; It is about protection by combining two systems, the government and Anangu.
& # 39; This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to be proud of; to realize, of course it is correct to close it.
& # 39; The country has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to worry about, but a reason to celebrate. Let's come together, let's close it together.
& # 39; If I travel to another country and there is a holy place, an area with limited access, I do not enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We do not stop tourism, only this activity. & # 39;
Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – were returned to the Anangu people on October 26, 1985.
Despite the pressure, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said there were no plans to close the site.
In the past, a number of calls have been made to close numerous sights throughout the country out of respect for Aboriginal culture and beliefs.
Mount Warning, near Murwillumbah in New South Wales, is known to the local indigenous people of Bundjalung as Wollumbin and they have asked climbers not to climb the 1,156 m summit.
Explorer James Cook named Mount Warning after meeting dangerous reefs off the coast in 1770.
Now formally bearing the double names Wollumbin and Mount Warning, it is considered a holy men's location and not all Aboriginal men are allowed at the summit.
More than 100,000 walkers make the trek every year, many leave waste such as toilet paper.
Tweed Shire Council & # 39; s native heritage officer Rob Appo told last year The Australian those who climbed the Mount Warning were & # 39; a little disrespectful & # 39; for native creation stories.
& # 39; We prefer that people do not climb on it, especially not to the top, because many of those stories focus on that, & # 39; said Mr. Appo.
The Bundjalung man said that large numbers of people climbing the mountain also caused environmental damage to the area.
& # 39; People & # 39; visiting the toilet & # 39; and leaving trash behind is really a sign of disrespect for that important place, & # 39; said Appo to the Australian.
Mount Warning, near Murwillumbah (photo), is known to the local indigenous people of Bundjalung as Wollumbin and they have asked climbers not to walk the 1,156 m summit
Wilpena Pound (photo) in the mighty Flinders Ranges in South Australia has St Mary Peak, which local indigenous people have said they would rather not climb
& # 39; It would be similar to people going to the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge and making graffiti. That would not be accepted there, so why would it be acceptable for such an important place here? The large number of climbers is not sustainable. & # 39;
Many similar requests are made about St Mary Peak, the highest point of Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges in South Australia at 1,171 m, to show respect for the beliefs of the Adnyamathanha people.
Adnyamathanha Elder Jimmy Neville told The Australian last year that St Mary Peak was central to the creation story of his people and asked climbers not to climb the summit.
& # 39; If people don't listen to us, I would personally prohibit it … I'd like to see it happen, & # 39; said Mr. Neville. & # 39; It is only for cultural reasons that we ask walkers not to go. & # 39;
Massive crowds flocked to the iconic rock in the declining days the site remained open to the public
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