ULURU MANAGEMENT REPORT BY AVA JAQUES

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock is a large rock formation in Alice springs, Northern territory, it is the most recognizable land from in Australia. The aboriginal people have looked after the land for over one thousand generations. The way they have looked after the land is shown through how the environment has been sustainable for many years. Uluru is a very popular tourist attraction, however, with the large amount of tourism, there are many issues. These include, the land can be effected by erosion which can cause breakages on the rock, there is also a large amount of pollution These are just some out of many different factors that can effect the community and land around this beautiful formation. There are many management strategies which are used to support and protect Uluru these include, maintaining all areas that need help, the government decided to ban climbing on Uluru and with the growth of tourism the public need to be informed and educated about keeping this site sacred.

Management and Protection Strategies

The joint management between the Anangu people and the Australian government is trying to support the future of Uluru. They have done this by making new laws and suggestions to create a better community for not only the aboriginals but the rock itself. Tourist come to visit this beautiful rock but as they leave they can leave behind rubbish which leads to pollution, they walk on the rock which causes erosion and these are just small components to what may happen in the future for Uluru. We are trying to abolish what the tourists are doing as it may impact on the environment. As the Anangu people are working together they bringing together both of the Aboriginal and Australian governments cultures. The government are making new laws such as getting rid of climbing the rock, putting up security cameras, rangers to look after national parks and reducing tourist numbers. Since the aboriginals have protected the land it has become even more beautiful with new flora and fauna. When tourist come they can trash the land, go into sacred ground and climb the rock. This is so disrespectful to the aboriginal people. For the Anangu people the rout to the top of the rock follows a sacred ceremonial path traditionally used by the Mala men, they believe it is rude to walk as this is told through the aboriginal stories. Walking on the rock also creates erosion and this may mean that there could be nothing left of the rock in the future. It is terrible to know that this may happen to Uluru as it is such a beautiful and incredible place. The government are having more rangers to protect the national parks as there had to be a clean up of all the rubbish that was left around here after tourist had camped for the night. It is astonishing that there was so much littering that had happened.

Economic value comes form the tourism and the amount of money they spend. They need to pay for equipment, such as tents if they are camping, accommodation, food and much more. This money then goes to the Australian government to pay for new things in the community, such as new public toilets, maintenance, roads and new buildings. These improve how safe it is to get to places, how clean these bathrooms are and new and improved infrastructure. This is important for the community as they need to have a good health and being near old toilets with no maintenance could mean illnesses for them.

With the growth of tourism, the public need to be informed and educated about keeping this site scared. There is around 250,00 visitors a year meaning that they can go outside of boundaries and walk on sacred land to the aboriginals. Of Corse there will be an even larger amount of tourist as Uluru is now on the world heritage site as it has so much cultural significance and natural beauty. However, even though this is the case the community needs to know about keeping this site sacred as it is so important to the Aboriginal people.

Effectiveness of strategies

I believe that these strategies are working as less and less people are climbing the rock due to signs from the Anangu people. The Anangu people said that the will always keep protecting Uluru and passing on stories. Another way that the efectivness is shown is through how the Australian government has finally recognised the true value of Uluru to the Aboriginal people. The Aboriginals and the Australian government are finally working together and now with the support we can finally ban things such as climbing the mountain so that Uluru will stay as beautiful as it is today. These strategies have helped shape and conserve Uluru till today.

Future of Uluru

The future of Uluru depends on everything we do from this point in time. Uluru has lasted thousands of years and hopefully thousands more, with the beautiful red rock standing tall we hope that nothing will happen to it as time progresses. Although, there is still the though of the population growing meaning more tourist and more damage to the land. However, we can only hope that this extraordinary land will stay the same. I hope that no one continues to climb Uluru and that the law for not climbing it comes into place as it is so disrespectful to the Anangu people.

Hoping that it becomes full of trees.

Conclusion

Finally, Uluru deserves to have a bright future and there is so much care put into protecting the land. We have to respect the values of the Anangu people so that new management strategies can be put into place to protect Uluru.

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