The tourist effect on Uluru are both positive and negative. The negative effects are that before the new govenment rule came into action, tourists were allowed to walk upon the rock. Due to the heavy amount of tourists walking upon the land the rock was subjected to the constant tread of climbers, has worn down the path, erosion is changing the face/image of Uluru.
The positive tourism effects are that it has boosted the tourism intake in surrounding areas for example, Alice Prings. It has also made a huge job boos for individuals working in the area. Jobs such as taking walking tours (being a guide), piloting and lots more.
What other factors have caused problems or challenges?
One of the biggest challenges in the past was the decision to close down access to climbing the rock. This was a difficult decision to make but one that the traditional land owners were passionate about.
What actions need to be taken to make sure that your place is preserved for future generations?
Currently Uluru has a management plan to preserve Uluru for the future generations. The Government, National Parks Management Plan for 2010-2020 is a joint management that brings together knowledge from cultural and scientific aspects. The plan embraces to build on lessons learnt and recognise the good will of the community.
Describe at least one of a sustainability issues
One of the sustainability issues is erosion. From what we know is that erosion eats away at the surface and then transports it away to another location. This is significantly bad because it is moving the sand and dust off the top of the surface leaving holes and slowly forming cracks.
What actions need to be taken at each level to ensure the management of this place ?
The actions that need to take place, are that both the Indigenous owners and the National Parks Board of Management need to continue to look after the park by doing small prevention tasks like, regular burn offs. Regular burn offs in this case ensures the safety of the park by burning the bush land to stop bigger and uncontrollable fires form taking place. I also believe that, there should be more respect as tourists towards the massive rock and the rightful owners.
What changes are occurring ?
The changes that are occurring Uluru are environmental factors such as, strong winds, blasting sand and rain against the rock. These are all the consequences of erosion and weathering. It is more unlikely these days, that there is the on going damage from tourists, due to the access restrictions that have been put in place.