Last week the ABC News published an article about calls to re-open the Uluru climb coming from Dave Batic who is Chairman of the Alice Springs Major Business Group and general manager of Alice Springs airport.
The Uluru climb was officially closed permanently on October 26th 2019.
Mr Batic is proposing that re-opening the Uluru climb would be a positive way to stimulate a resurgence of tourism later this year, following the negative impact on NT tourism from closing of the climb last year and the current coronavirus pandemic.
"The concept there is that the traditional owners would provide tours for paying climbers and have a safety harness system in place just like the Sydney Harbour Bridge," he said.
Not everyone agrees though with traditional owner and former Chairman of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Board of Management, Sammy Wilson firmly against the idea.
"No. Enough is enough. The word is no," said Mr Wilson, who remains on the board.
"We don't want to open a can of worms or put more logs on the fire.”
So we thought that it would be worthwhile asking our followers who are primarily Aussie road trippers of all ages and demographics, what you thought.
Over 5000 people clicked through to the article on our site from our newsletter and social media and nearly 3000 cast their vote.
Here are the results of our poll so far
Surprisingly 62% of respondents are in favour of re-opening the climb in one form or another with 42% in favour of keeping it free without guides or harnesses.
You do not need to climb Uluru to experience / appreciate the beauty and spiritual awareness that abounds.Garry
Should never have been closed open it for everyonetroy
It’s a rock a big rock it should be open to everyone to enjoy I climbed it and I’m glad I did it is just beautiful at the topbelinda campbell (via facebook)
I can see the benefits of a managed climb and would have been happy to see that implemented as an alternative to it being closed completely.
It seems to me that a managed climb would have solved the main concerns of the traditional owners of peoples safety and the general disrespect being shown by some visitors.
However this is just my opinion and I don’t feel qualified to say what I think 'should' or 'should not' be done.
If the consensus of the traditional owners and the board of management is that it should remain closed then I respect that.
Regardless of whether the climb re-opens or not (and I doubt that it will), definitely include a few days at Uluru on your NT road trip itinerary. It’s a magical place that you have to experience up close to fully appreciate.
The walk around the base is great, sunset drinks are a must and a walk through the domes of nearby Kata Tjuta is also a great way to spend a day.