A mum-of-three who died three weeks after she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour left her children a list of rules to live by.
Melissa Nielsen, a lawyer from Cairns in Far North Queensland, died on June 10, aged 38. She is survived by her husband Roger and children Harrison, ten, Jasmine, eight, and Edison, four.
Melissa was farewelled at Black’s Funerals in Innisfail on Tuesday morning and more than 300 mourners observed the intimate service through a livestream, The Cairns Post reported.
Melissa Nielsen died weeks after she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour
Danielle Furmage paid tribute to her ‘amazing’ sister and described her as the ‘glue’ that kept the family together.
She told the service Melissa left her children a special list.
‘In her very short weeks after her diagnosis, Melissa started compiling a list of things she wanted her children to know,’ she said.
‘These are the rules in which Melissa lived her life by.’
Melissa’s husband Rudy said saying goodbye to his wife was one of the hardest thing’s he had to do.
‘Melissa wasn’t a sad person so I want to celebrate the fun and joy of her life,’ he said.
Melissa grew up in Cairns and studied law in Townsville before returning to her home town to practice law at Miller Harris Lawyers.
There has been an outpouring of tributes from the Cairns community following the loss of Melissa Nielsen (pictured with her husband at a fundraiser last November)
The law firm, where Melissa has been a partner since 2013, led the outpouring of community tributes as she was remembered for her baking, bright dresses, celebration and being the life of the office.
‘Melissa will be remembered by her clients for her dedication, commitment and enthusiasm to their cause and to her home region,’ the firm wrote on Facebook.
‘Melissa’s spirit, drive, and empathy for all will not be forgotten. She has lived her short life fully and deeply, and is an inspiration to us all. We will miss her terribly.’
Melissa was also a passionate advocate and fundraiser for the Send Hope Not Flowers maternal health charity.
‘Melissa was one of Send Hope Not Flowers’ most hardworking fundraisers, and friends and family can choose to honour her memory by making a donation to our maternal health programs, so that another mother can enjoy a safe birth somewhere in the world,’ the charity wrote.
Melissa leaves behind husband Roger and three children under the age of ten (pictured)
‘We hope to use these donations to fund a meaningful tribute to Melissa in the coming months.’
Melissa was also heavily involved in her children’s school, St Joseph’s Primary School, and principal Gavin Rick recalled the final conversation he had with her just last week in a YouTube tribute.
‘In my last conversation with Melissa, we spoke of each of the children. She was able to express her desires for them all and their need for support during this most difficult of times,’ he said.
‘Her love for her family shone through.
‘She said to me, ‘Gavin you need to know the community we’ve built together is amazing’. I got a sense she was comforted by the love and support she had.’
Mr Rick hailed Melissa as a champion of the school who was always willing to contribute ideas and her time.
Aunt Lindy Huey said her niece was determined to do many things before she died.
One of the last things Melissa wanted to do set up a bursary for a female Year 12 student who excelled in leadership at her former school Babinda High School.
A MyCause page launched by Miller Harris colleague for the annual scholarship has raised more than $15,000.
Her law firm said Melissa Nielsen (pictured with her family) was best known for her baking, bright dresses, celebration and being the life of the office
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Buckingham Palace washes its hands of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Buckingham Palace has washed its hands of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they ‘told Americans to vote out Trump’.
A spokesman said it refused to comment on ‘not a working member of the Royal Family’ in a stinging response to the couple.
It comes after Royal insiders said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘crossed a line’ by speaking out about the US election on November 3.
Prince Harry told voters to ‘reject hate speech’ while Meghan called the presidential race the ‘most important election of our lifetime’.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Sunday Times: ‘We would not comment. The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.’
Speaking in a Time 100 video message, apparently filmed from their California home, Harry admitted he was not eligible to vote – adding that he had never voted in the UK either where convention dictates that royals keep well clear of politics.
While Harry and Meghan did not name their favoured candidate, many viewers thought it ‘obvious’ they were backing Joe Biden over Donald Trump – although a source close to Harry denied this.
Royal experts told MailOnline the couple should give up their titles and sever their links to the monarchy for good if they wanted to comment on US politics, while insiders told the Times palace aides would be concerned about their intervention.
MailOnline editor-at-large Piers Morgan said: ‘Prince Harry poking his woke nose into the US election and effectively telling Americans to vote against President Trump is completely unacceptable behaviour for a member of the Royal Family.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics
For his part, Harry said: ‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’
Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, the author of the book And What Do You Do? What The Royal Family Don’t Want You To Know, said Harry should not speak out about US politics while he is still a ‘representative’ of the UK.
‘I think it’s appropriate for any private citizen to comment on the US election. The problem is that Harry has retained his HRH status and is not a private citizen but still a representative of this country,’ Mr Baker told MailOnline.
‘He needs to stop trying to have a foot in both camps – royal when it suits him and private when it doesn’t.
‘Or to turn on its head the old phrase, I agree with what he says but disagree with his right to say it.’
Royal biographer Robert Jobson told MailOnline it ‘may be easier’ for Meghan and Harry to give up their royal titles altogether given the ‘business and political agenda they appear to want to pursue’.
Mr Jobson, whose latest book is called The Royal Family Operations Manual, said the couple were now ‘completely detached’ from the British monarchy and would be best off abandoning their titles altogether.
‘Meghan, after all, holds American citizenship and has always voted,’ he said. ‘The business about royals not getting involved in politics is less clear when it comes to Meghan or what the protocol should be in this case.
‘But as she is now back living in her country I am sure many would think it wrong that she is not allowed to exercise her democratic right to vote.
How British royals are expected to keep out of politics
Under Britain’s constitutional monarchy, powers which theoretically belong to the Queen – such as appointing ministers and approving legislation – are exercised in her name by political leaders.
This system means that political decisions are taken by the elected government rather than unelected royals, while keeping the monarchy as a symbol of the British state and its traditions.
The royals’ political neutrality, which the Queen has scrupulously observed for 68 years, is key to maintaining this balance and to preserving the monarchy’s popularity.
A YouGov poll earlier this year found majority support among both Conservative and Labour voters as well as Brexiteers and Europhiles for maintaining the British monarchy.
The Queen’s uncle King Edward VIII had to abdicate in 1936 because the government refused to support his planned marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson – fatally compromising his neutrality.
While there is no law explicitly preventing the royal family from voting in UK elections, doing so would be an unacceptable breach of protocol.
The Queen holds weekly conversations with her prime ministers and she is entitled to ‘advise and warn’ them when necessary, but the nature of her advice is never made public.
Even her guarded comment that voters should ‘think very carefully about the future’ ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was seen as an unusual intervention.
Prince Charles is known for writing lengthy letters to ministers on policy subjects such as agriculture, some of which were made public in 2015.
William and Kate have also spoken out on the environment, launching a prize to tackle climate issues last year.
Princess Diana – who like Harry and Meghan became semi-detached from the monarchy – was known for her campaigning on land mines, once allegedly describing the UK government’s policy as ‘hopeless’.
Her involvement sparked criticism from some Conservative MPs, but the Labour government that took office shortly before her death was more favourable to her campaign.
‘Royals even in this country are entitled to their opinion and, such as the very vocal the Prince of Wales and Prince William voice them, particularly on the environment and the natural world. They see this as leadership.
‘The important part is that they are not partisan, as for the monarch or her direct heir to be partisan could cause a constitutional crisis.’
Mr Jobson said he was ‘increasingly open’ to the idea of stripping the Sussexes of their royal titles for their own benefit and that of the royal family.
‘Frankly, I think it would be better for Harry to withdraw, along with his son, from the line of succession to avoid further confusion,’ he said.
‘By saying they are HRHs and the Duke and Duchess, but not allowed to use the titles, just confuses the situation.
‘With that issue out of the way, Meghan encouraging people to vote is something that would be praised not criticised.
‘She speaks well and has passion for political issues. Without a royal title to hold her back it may set her free to pursue a political career.
‘Ditching his title, and that includes ‘Prince’ would free up Harry too, in the land where he says he is happy and wants to make this life and where titles mean nothing.’
A former palace adviser told The Times that Harry and Meghan’s comments were likely to cause ‘concern’ among royal aides.
‘The political arena is very sensitive for all members of the royal family. You cannot have an apolitical institution, which is what a hereditary monarchy is, and have members of the royal family making even slightly political comments,’ they said.
‘Courtiers would be extremely concerned that if they are going to continue to comment on what could be the most contentious US presidential election in living memory, how difficult could that get?’.
Another source in palace circles said the couple had ‘crossed a line’ with their intervention on Tuesday.
Harry and Meghan spoke in a video clip which was broadcast as part of TIME’s publication of its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were included in the 2018 list, but not in this year’s edition.
‘We’re just six weeks out from Election Day and today is National Voter Registration Day,’ said Meghan, 39.
‘Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is,’ she said.
‘When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard.’
For his part, Harry said: ‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.’
Harry urged Americans to be careful about what kind of content they consume online.
‘When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act,’ he said.
Harry also referenced the fact that, because he is not a US citizen, he will not be able to vote in November.
Markle has made her position on the 2020 election clear in a number of appearances in recent weeks, expressing enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket
He added he had never been able to vote in the UK, despite being theoretically eligible in the last five general elections since he turned 18.
Although British law does not explicitly forbid members of the royal family from voting, the expectation that royals remain apolitical is considered sacrosanct, and in practice they never participate in elections, by voting or otherwise.
But since announcing plans to step down as senior royals in January and moving to North America, Meghan and Harry have quietly expanded their involvement in politics as they forge their own path.
Their comments led to criticism from some US officials after it was broadcast on Tuesday.
Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski teed off on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they recorded a video plug urging Americans to register to vote and Harry urged Americans to ‘reject hate speech.’
‘They made Britain great again by leaving, I hope they do the same for us,’ Lewandowski, a senior 2020 advisor to the Trump campaign, told DailyMail.com Wednesday.
Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller indicated he saw no such preference in Prince Harry’s words.
‘I’m assuming you’re asking me because of Joe Biden’s record of hateful and divisive language, particularly toward the African American community?’ he responded when asked by DailyMail.com for comment.
Then he wrote: ‘I read this as warranted criticism of Joe Biden’s racist policies. He’s the only person I know of who has spoken at a Klan member’s funeral!’ – a reference to Biden’s eulogy for former the late Senate leader Robert C. Byrd, who was a klan member in West Virginia in the 1940s but later apologized for what he called a ‘sad mistake.’
Viewers also lamented the Sussexes, as they saw it as a thinly-veiled plea to remove Trump from office.
Will Prince Harry take US citizenship? He says he won’t vote in ‘this’ election
Prince Harry appeared to leave the door open to taking up US citizenship in the future by saying that he would not vote in ‘this’ presidential election.
‘This election, I’m not going to be able to vote here in the US,’ the Duke of Sussex said, adding that he had never voted in the UK either.
Harry’s remark left the possibility open that he might seek to vote in a US election in the future, where royal partisanship would not cause a constitutional crisis as it would in the UK.
Meghan and the couple’s one-year-old son Archie are both US citizens, but Harry has not announced any plans to take up dual nationality.
A source told the Sunday Times earlier this year that Harry had not applied for dual citizenship and was not expected to request a green card in the US.
Green cards offer a route to citizenship because the spouse of a US national can apply for naturalisation after being a permanent resident for three years.
Harry’s current immigration status is unclear but a range of visas are available to UK nationals.
However, a source close to Harry insisted the Duke was not referring to Trump or any other individual.
‘The duke was talking about the tone of debate in the run-up to an election which is already quite febrile,’ they said.
‘He is not talking about any candidate or specific campaign. He is building on a lot of stuff that he’s said before about online communities, how we engage with each other online, rather than specifically making any political points.’
Harry also appeared to open the door to taking up US citizenship in the future by saying that he was not eligible to vote at ‘this’ election.
His remark leaves open the possibility that he could seek to vote in a future election, which would likely require him to obtain a ‘green card’ and stay in America for at least three years.
A source close to Harry declined to comment on whether his words suggested he would be applying for dual citizenship.
‘They are not working royals. They are private citizens and it’s understandable they want to keep those matters private,’ the source said.
Meghan is eligible to vote in US elections as an American citizen – as her son Archie will be when he is old enough.
Harry’s current immigration status in the US is not clear, but there are a range of visas available to British nationals.
If Harry chose the three-year green card route, he could theoretically naturalise as a US citizen in time for the 2024 presidential election.
However, it also requires that the applicant be ‘physically present in the United States for at least 18 months’ out of the preceding three years.
When ‘Megxit’ was announced in January, the couple said they would split their time between Britain and North America after quitting royal duties.
But the coronavirus pandemic has limited their mobility and the couple have been staying in California since relocating from Canada earlier this year.
Meghan’s involvement in the video follows a separate intervention last month in which she urged women to turn out at the election.
The Duchess spoke about the need for ‘change’ at the When All Women Vote Couch Party, an online event organized by non-profit organization When We All Vote, which was founded by Michelle Obama.
Speaking directly to the volunteers and workers tuned into the summit, Meghan continued: ‘It is fair to say that we are all very grateful for your work because we need it now really more than ever.
‘When I think about voting and why this is so exceptionally important for all of us, I would frame it as: We vote to honor those who came before us and to protect those who will come after us because that’s what community is all about and that’s specifically what this election is all about,’ she said.
This week, feminist activist Gloria Steinem revealed that Markle had joined her in cold-calling Americans and urging them to vote.
Last month, Markle (left) joined Gloria Steinem for a ‘backyard chat’ in which she made it incredibly clear who she plans to vote for come November
Steinem told Access Hollywood: ‘She came home to vote. The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters.’
‘Said ‘hello I’m Meg’ and ‘hello I’m Gloria’ and ‘are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.’
Meghan has also told Steinem she was ‘so excited’ to see fellow mixed-race woman Kamala Harris nominated for vice president, in another strong hint that she is backing the Democratic ticket.
Before marrying Prince Harry in 2018, Markle was no stranger to politics, ridiculing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during a 2016 appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
She said Trump was ‘misogynistic and divisive’ and indicated her support for Hillary Clinton.
Harry is a friend of former president Barack Obama, interviewing him on a guest-edited episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme in 2017.
‘Part of my role and part of my job is to shine a spotlight on issues that need that spotlight, whether it’s people, whether it’s causes, issues, whatever it is,’ Harry said at the time.
‘So I will continue to play my part in society and do my job to the best of my abilities so that I can wake up in the morning and feel energised.’
Despite the Obama friendship, the couple avoided a constitutional row by inviting neither the Obamas nor the Trumps to their 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle.
Over the past few months, Markle has moved to become more politically active and taken part in multiple interviews and summits – having reportedly grown ‘frustrated’ at her inability to get involved in politics while she was working as a senior royal
Earlier this year, two Russian pranksters said they had duped the Duke of Sussex into criticising Trump in a phone call where they posed as climate activist Greta Thunberg.
‘I don’t mind saying this to you guys, I think the mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry so big in America, he has blood on his hands,’ Harry allegedly said.
Buckingham Palace did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the call.
Over the past few weeks, Meghan has taken part in multiple interviews and summits – having reportedly grown ‘frustrated’ at her inability to get involved in politics while she was working as a senior royal.
Last month, she joined Gloria for a ‘backyard chat’ in which she made it incredibly clear who she plans to vote for come November, expressing her excitement at seeing a woman of color on the Democratic ticket – Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris – and explaining that the nomination was particularly meaningful to her because she is biracial.
‘I’m so excited to see that kind of representation,’ she said. ‘You know, for me, being biracial, growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity.
‘As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And in the absence of that, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we’re starting to break-through in a different way.’
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Mystery surrounds how autistic teenager William Wall was found dead after disappearing on a run
William Wall (Pictured), 14, was found dead at Yarra Junction, east of Melbourne, on Wednesday afternoon
Mystery surrounds the death of a 14-year-old autistic boy whose body was found just over one-kilometre from his family home 32 hours after he disappeared for a morning jog.
William Wall promised his family he would be back in 15 minutes when he embarked on his daily run along the Yarra Ranges’ Warburton Trail, east of Melbourne, at about 6.45am on Tuesday.
The teenager, who had high-functioning autism, failed to return to his home in Launching Place. He was not carrying his mobile phone.
William’s disappearance sparked a desperate ground and air search involving about 100 personnel from Victoria Police and the SES.
Authorities revealed his body had been found in nearby Yarra Junction on Wednesday afternoon.
‘We can confirm the sad news that 14-year-old William Wall has been located deceased in Yarra Junction,’ Victoria Police said.
‘We would like to thank the media and all those involved in the search.’
Victoria Police said William’s death was not being treated as suspicious.
William left his family’s home in Launching Place on Tuesday morning. His body was found in nearby Yarra Junction on Wednesday afternoon
Distraught rescuers comfort each other with a hug after William Wall’s body was found on Wednesday
Police did not divulge further and it is still not known how William spent his final moments.
It’s understood William’s body was found in bushland at the end of a residential street just over one-kilometre from his home.
The search entered its second day on Wednesday after rescue crews scoured the area overnight as temperatures plummeted to 7C.
William’s family gathered at the blocked off road near where his body was found.
Distraught rescuers and locals were seen consoling each other at the scene.
Family friend Tyson Truscott said the Walls would be shattered by the tragedy.
‘He was a great kid. There is nothing bad about him. He loved going for runs, he went flat out,’ he told the Herald Sun.
William’s two older brothers and friends spent Tuesday night looking for the teenager with rescuers but were stopped on Wednesday amid Melbourne’s Stage Four coronavirus lockdown.
Friends console each other at the scene after police confirmed William’s body had been found
‘We’ve been told by all the police, saying we’re not allowed to help because we’re beyond the five kilometre radius, which is going to put more of a delay in finding him,’ his older brother Harrison told Seven News.
Family friend Flynn Cousens added: ‘I’d rather go outside the five kilometre radius and find him than stick to five kilometres and let him stay out there another night.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described William’s death as ‘very sad news’.
‘My heart goes out to William’s family and loved ones. Thank you to all those who were involved in the search,’ he tweeted on Wednesday night.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt added: ‘So deeply sorry to hear of the loss of William Wall.’
‘Just a terrible, terrible loss of a beautiful young life.
‘My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and the Yarra Ranges community.’
William’s distraught father Shane (pictured) struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching on Tuesday night
William’s older brother Harrison Wall (pictured) was stopped by police from continuing the search due to Melbourne’s strict Stage Four lockdown restrictions
An ambulance leaves the street in Yarra Junction where William’s body was found on Wednesday
Locals were furious they were advised to follow lockdown restrictions while trying to keep an eye out for William.
In Melbourne, residents are not allowed to travel further than five kilometres from their homes and outdoor time is limited to two hours a day.
‘In line with coronavirus restrictions, at this stage we do not require any assistance from the public,’ a post on the Eyewatch Yarra Ranges Police Facebook read on Tuesday night.
‘We want to say a big thank you however, for the all the offers we have received.’
Police claimed their guidance for the search had nothing to do with coronavirus lockdown.
Bush Search and Rescue Victoria volunteers are pictured outside Warburton Police Station ahead of the search on Wednesday before William was found
SES personnel depart the Warburton Police state ahead of the search for missing autistic boy William Wall, who was later found dead
‘This is not to do with COVID,’ local police commander Inspector Jason Goddard told reporters.
‘We don’t want to bring this into a COVID conversation. What we are doing is focusing our search on Will.
‘If the resourcing we have on the ground here and deployed today is not adequate we will ask for more resources.’
But locals didn’t buy the claim and instead vented their anger at police during a tense meeting.
‘If that my kid out there, I would want every person on the ground out there, just having a look,’ one resident said.
Distraught rescuers at the scene comfort each other after the search came to a tragic end
William’s distraught father Shane struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching on Tuesday night.
‘I just want everyone to be safe,’ he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon, hours before police confirmed his son had been found dead.
‘I never want to be in this situation but the people around here are fantastic. I mean, I’ve been in the valley for a long time and come from overseas but this has just blown me away.
‘Actual support from local people, the Facebook community and the noticeboards and that, fantastic. Top notch and the police and SES, again, it has been great.
‘I have hardly spoken to my wife much but they are liaising with them to look after her and I’m out helping where I can.’
Police advised volunteers to stay home instead of search for William, saying: ‘At this stage we do not require any assistance from the public’
William’s dad Shane Wall fought back tears during a press conference on Wednesday, several hours before the search for his son came to a tragic end
At the time, he was still hopeful William would be found alive.
Mr Wall added his son was ‘pretty hardcore’ and knew the area well.
The ‘energetic, very athletic’ teenager loved exercise and had dreams of joining the police force or the army when he got older.
Crews involved in William’s search had concentrated on the Warburton Rail Trail and the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail – about 16km from the family’s home – after police received a reported sighting of an ‘upset male’ in the area on Tuesday.
William’s disappearance comes three months after non-verbal autistic teen William Callaghan became separated from his family during a walk at Mount Disappointment, 60km north of Melbourne.
The teen spent two nights alone before being miraculously found safe and well.
Police blocked off this road in Yarra Junction after William Wall’s body was found
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Google Maps end virtual walking tours of Uluru at the demand of Aboriginal elders
Google Maps has removed virtual walking tours of Uluru almost a year after visitors were banned from climbing the iconic landmark.
Parks Australia asked Google to remove pictures of climbers scaling the culturally significant summit ‘in accordance with the wishes of Anangu, Uluru’s traditional owners, and the national park’s Film and Photography Guidelines’.
A spokesperson for Parks Australia told the ABC they alerted Google ‘the user-generated images from the Uluru summit that have been posted on their mapping platform’.
Google Maps has removed virtual walking tours of Uluru at the request of Parks Australia
The Uluru climb was permanently closed on October 26, 2019. Pictured: Two people are seen scaling the landmark
The Uluru climb was permanently closed on October 26, 2019, following a landmark decision made by the traditional owners of the land.
Google’s street view allows users to click through roads and environments across the world as if travelling on foot.
The function once included 360-degree images from the top of Uluru, allowing online visitors to climb the landmark and enjoy the view from the top.
But Google has now removed pictures depicting the climb, following the request from Parks Australia – and in-line with the ban.
‘We understand Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is deeply sacred to the Anangu people,’ a spokeswoman told 9news.com.au.
Google’s street view allows users to click through roads and environments across the world as if travelling on foot
Visitors are seen scaling Uluru before it was closed to climbers in October last year
‘As soon as Parks Australia raised their concerns about this user contribution, we removed the imagery.’
Google Australia said it could take 24 hours for the changes to come into effect.
Thousands of Australians rushed to the Northern Territory this time last year to climb the landmark ahead of its closure.
WHY DID ABORIGINAL ELDERS ASK FOR A BAN ON CLIMBING ULURU?
It was announced in November 2017 that climbing Uluru, considered a sacred site by the local Anangu people, would be banned from October 26, 2019.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s board of management, made up of a majority of Aboriginal traditional owners, unanimously decided to close the climb.
Traditional owner and board chairman Sammy Wilson said on behalf of the Anangu people it was time to do so.
‘We’ve talked about it for so long and now we’re able to close the climb,’ Mr Wilson said. ‘It’s about protection through combining two systems, the government and Anangu.
‘This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it’s the right thing to close it.
‘The land has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration. Let’s come together, let’s close it together.
‘If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity.’
On 26 October 1985 Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – were handed back to the Anangu people.
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