9 Jul 2009

Ban on climbing Uluru proposed

8:14 am on 9 July 2009

A ban is proposed on climbing Uluru in Central Australia.

A draft management plan for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was issued on Wednesday, recommending a ban for cultural and environmental reasons.

The ABC reports the plan could come into effect within 18 months. However, it must go through a consultation process and be signed off by Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

The Northern Territory government says it is against a ban.

The site is visited by about 350,000 people per year, half of them from overseas, and more than 100,000 climb the rock. Uluru is 346 metres high.