Tag Archives: Ayers Rock

NT tourism turbocharger out of gas as Feds eye off Kakadu

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The Gunner Government’s “turbocharging” isn’t doing much for the tourism in The Centre but both Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are pledging hundreds of millions for Kakadu (pictured) as the Federal election campaign is heading for the sharp end. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Bid to keep Rock climb open by heritage listing

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An historic film of a senior traditional custodian on top of Ayers Rock (now renamed Uluru) is presented as an argument for allowing the continued climbing of the monolith. Book author Marc Hendrickx is also applying for additional heritage listing of several features, including the climb, which is due to be closed by the Aboriginal owners in October. The author says the closing may violate the 1987 listing of the park. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Anger mounting over closing of Rock climb

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“Here’s hoping that logic and reason win out and the proposed ban is lifted so millions more can join the seven million or so who have already climbed to the summit of this grand sandstone monolith that lies at the heart of our country,” writes actor Marc Hendrickx. PHOTO: Paddy Uluru (Quadrant magazine). FULL STORY »

It’s remote, desolate and worth billions

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With traditional sources of fertiliser dwindling, some of The Centre’s “salt lakes” hold the stuff that can make food grow the world over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Land rich, jobs poor: Indigenous work around The Rock

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Migration from jobs-for-the-dole to mainstream work is slow although Docker River’s job numbers look a lot better than those of the playground for global tourists, 130 kilometres to the east. ERWIN CHANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Six not at all Grey Nomads

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The wide open spaces is what blew them away in The Centre. They shared their adventures with ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rock climb to close: Who wins?

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Tiny groups of private land owners control huge assets – our national parks, while the public purse is paying for them, comments ERWIN CHLANDA as the death knell has been sounded for climbing The Rock. PHOTO: Climbers ignore the sign at the base of The Rock.

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Rock climb to be closed for good

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The Rock is “not a playground or theme park like Disneyland”, says CLC executive member Sammy Wilson, who also chairs the jointly managed park’s board and runs a small tourism business. “We want you to come, hear us and learn.” FULL STORY »

Rock climb mostly closed

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If you see someone in a T-schirt emblazoned with “I climbed the Rock” it’s probably a fib. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Why taxpayers’ millions are spent: Don’t ask.

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Housing, oval, business centre, bakery: “Community leaders in Mutitjulu identified the need” for them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Google Earth photo of the community and part of Uluru.

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